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Wood Trial Questions Boating Safety Regulations

Boating laws more stringent following Winston Wood case.

Noblesville resident, Bill Hancock was at the Four Winds Marina in Monroe County Friday vacationing with his family. Hancock says he has been boating for many years and says he agrees with current boating laws.

“What we basically try to do is keep distance between us and somebody else, because a boat’s not like any other vehicle,” says Hancock. “It doesn’t stop, it will keep going so you’ve just got to have a lot of precautions and take your time, and don’t go too fast.”

Following the announcement of three guilty verdicts for Winston Wood relating to the death of Susan Collier and grandson Gage Pruett, Collier’s sister Jolene Eckert said the family was relieved by the jury’s decision, but added that more boating safety could have prevented much of the emotion of the last two years.

“There’s been way too much pain, way too much pain,” Eckert says, her voice strained with emotion.

Wood could face up to 19 years in prison. Since the accident, a new state law strengthening penalties for boating under the influence has been passed by the state legislature.

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