Author: Francis Kelley/Wed, Jul 31, 2013/Categories: Long Island Accidents

accidents_pearl_river_boat_crashPearl River, N.Y., residents were planning to lay to rest this week the victims of a boating accident that occurred late last week on the Hudson River. Meanwhile, the cause of that crash remains under investigation.

Local media reports show that two people died in the accident in which a speed boat crashed into a barge floating in place on the river. When the boat collided with the barge it was nighttime and dark, and allegedly no one on the boat saw the barge. Six people were on board the boat when it crashed. The barge was holding construction materials to be used on the Tapan Zee Bridge reconstruction project, according to local CBS and ABC News reports.

Claims On Improper Lighting

Victims of the crash, as well as their families, say that the barge was not properly lit and that no one aboard the crashed boat saw the barge. Even after the accident happened and they were trying to be rescued, they were still unsure what they had hit, according to a WABC-TV report.

In addition to the two deaths, several other people on board that boat suffered severe and life-threatening injuries. Identified as the deceased victims are Lindsey Stewart and Mark Lennon, both 30. Stewart was on the boat with her fiancee, Brian Bond, 35; they were set to be wed later this summer. Lennon was to be Bond’s best man in the ceremony, and everyone on board was a member of the wedding party.

Parker Waichman Representation

Nicholas Warywoda, an attorney with Parker Waichman LLP, is representing Daniel DiIorgi, who was on the boat at the time of the crash. Mr. Warywoda told ABC News that it appears there was an issue with the lighting on the barge that prevented anyone on the boat from seeing it, even after they had crashed into it. He said that if the only way to see the barge was via radar, then there is something wrong with the boating code that allowed the dimly lit barge’s presence on the Hudson River.

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