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Winston Wood, Boater In Fatal Crash, Sentenced To Six Years

As part of his sentence, Wood will undergo mental health counseling.

Winston Wood mug shot

Photo: Monroe County Sheriff's Dept.

Wood was convicted of leaving the scene of a boating accident which left a woman and her grandson dead.

The man convicted of leaving the scene of an accident on Lake Monroe which killed two people in June of 2010 has been sentenced to six years in the criminal justice system.

Though Winston Wood’s sentence is nominally six years, he could spend less than a year behind bars for leaving the scene of the crash which killed Susan Collier, injured her husband Rusty and killed their grandson Gage Pruett.

Rusty Collier didn’t attend the hearing, but sent a letter read by his daughter Melanie Floerke in which he asked for the maximum sentence to be pronounced.

Judge Jane Craney did not give Wood the full eight years in jail he could have served, but did give Wood two years behind bars, two on home detention and another two on probation.

Monroe County Deputy Prosecutor Bob Miller told members of the Collier family after the proceedings he was a little surprised.

“The judge saw the same issues and concerns that I raised in my remarks about his lack of recognition of not only the duty he had at the time of the accident but also the lack of responsibility for his role in it thereafter,” Miller says.

Wood’s lawyers asked for their client’s sentence to be stayed as they pursue an appeal, but Judge Craney denied the motion.

Since Wood has been in jail awaiting his sentencing, he will get some credit for time served.  Add that to the state’s two-for-one rule which gives two days credit for every day served behind bars and Wood could begin his home detention in fewer than 12 months.

Stan Jastrzebski

WFIU/WTIU News Senior Editor Stan Jastrzebski spent time as a reporter with WGN Radio in Chicago and as an editor at Network Indiana, an Indianapolis news service. Stan is the winner of awards from the Associated Press, the RTDNA, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He hosts WFIU's Ask the Mayor and anchors WTIU's InFocus.

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  • Guest

    This post seems to infer that Wood deserved more time than he got- why leave out the facts that the accident was deemed 50/50? Why not interview his defense attorneys? Why not interview someone from Wood’s family? The man driving the victim’s boat didn’t even have a license. Nothing about this seems fair. And especially, why not expand on why he was found guilty for leaving the scene? Was he just supposed to stay in the water? Did he not call the police and stay on land?

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  • mdphd

    what doesnt seem fair is how someone would drive a boat high on marajuana, consume a large amount of alcohol, wrecklacely drive that boat, kill two people and injury others, not show remorse, and not be put in jail for life. This person showed habitual tendencies with previous DUI infractions and has the potential to hurt again. The accident yes was an accident but a family has to deal for the rest of their lives with out their mother and child. The leaving the scene of an accident is only one part of it. Many other parts to the story that would have been helpful to convict him were also held from jurors. A possibility for even more cover up of the events have also been conveyed. And yes, usually after you broad side a boat after going at high speeds with apparently no direction, take out many of the other boaters standing still in the water, yes you should be a man help out and attempt to help save a life instead of running away to mom and dad to begin covering up the fact that you were drinking and smoking weed. I dont doubt he was scared. he was scared of getting caught. Hopefully in jail he will make nice friends and learn some vocations. Will he ever feel the pain he caused others. Likely not.

  • Sally Mae Miller

    I thought this little punk was supposed to be on Home Detention for two years after his very early release from incarceration, plus two years probation. However, he recently (8-30-13) got another speeding ticket in Marion County, it is still pending in court. Shouldn’t he be RETURNED TO JAIL?
    Obviously little Winston has not learned anything from his little brush with the law. Sheesh. His appeal is still pending and he is still lawbreaking.
    How is it that he was speeding in Marion County while supposedly on home detention?

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