Aug 17 1996
A man who was driving a water ski boat that crashed Aug. 17 into a crowded grandstand at Sea World of Ohio was charged with driving the boat too fast and another misdemeanor, a local court said.
The charges came despite state investigators' findings that mechanical failure caused the accident.
The jet-drive boat had lost part of its steering system sometime after the water-skiing performance began, the Ohio Division of Watercraft said.
Jet-drive boats produce thrust by pumping a stream of water at high speed. The boat used that day lost part of a plate that steers the boat by controlling the direction of that stream of water
The 18-foot, jet-propelled ski boat skimmed off the water and into the stands at a crowded weekend show, injuring 24 spectators. One man remained hospitalized, in stable condition with a head injury, a Cleveland hospital said.
Tags: jet-drive, boat, accident, crash, seaworld, injured, misdemeanor, grandstand, mechanical failure
Location: Aurora, Illinois, United States (load item map)
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