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Wildlife officers who regularly patrol Longboat Pass off the coast of Southwest Florida, near Sarasota, say it’s one of the most dangerous areas in the region. Strong currents flowing from the Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico between Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island make it dangerous for disabled boats, kayakers, personal watercraft users and others. jetski

One of those who died there after a personal watercraft accident was a 30-year-old Central Florida man, who drowned after he and some friends lost control of an overturned jet ski and he was swept under a barge. That was in July 2009.

Now, the personal representative of his estate is fighting to hold accountable defendants who owned the tugboat and barge that were moored to a dock. In Soto v. McCulley Marine Services, Inc., plaintiff alleges the 2009 drowning was caused by defendants’ negligence when the captain situated the barge and tugboat in such a way that when decedent fell off the personal watercraft, he was sucked under the vessels and drowned – even though he was wearing his life jacket.

A 63-year-old retired power company employee from Bonita Springs was driving drunk the wrong way down a Minnesota highway when he struck another vehicle head-on, killing himself, a 20-year-old man and seriously injuring a 19-year-old female passenger.liquor1

Authorities with the Minnesota Highway Patrol reported the at-fault driver, who had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.41 percent, crossed the center lanes of Highway 61 in his Honda Civic, striking the other vehicle, a Nissan Maxima, head-on. It wasn’t clear if decedent drunk driver had been traveling in the wrong direction for some time or had just crossed over right before the crash. All three people in the crash were wearing seat belts.

The Minnesota Star-Tribune reported that in order have that level of alcohol impairment in someone decedent’s size, he would have had to drink almost 20 shots of 86-proof whiskey over the course of just two hours. That’s according to a calculation by the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Student Health.

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