The Monroe County Prosecutor‘s office has filed charges against a boater allegedly involved in a fatal collision on Lake Monroe June 28th. 19-year-old Winston Wood of Bloomington will face two counts of leaving the scene of a boat collision resulting in death, and a single count of leaving the scene of a collision causing serious bodily injury. Both offenses are felonies. Indiana Conservation Officer Angela Goldman said the investigation blames both drivers for “inattention.”
“We believe it’s a double fault accident that both operators were at fault. So therefore, there will be no charges as far as whose fault the accident is,” Goldman said.
Wood was operating a 23-foot speedboat pulling a wakeboarder, when he collided with an 18-foot fishing boat. A 51-year-old Bedford woman and her 8-year-old grandson, passengers in the smaller boat, were killed. The woman‘s husband was in control of the fishing boat. Monroe County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Bob Miller said the maximum penalty Wood faces is 20 years in prison. Miller said he expects Wood to make bond today and appear in court Friday.