DUI Boater Being Blamed For Girl’s Death

The Memorial Day holiday weekend ended in tragedy for one family when a boat driver on the Colorado River struck and killed a 7-year-old girl. Police have arrested the man driving the boat on suspicion of being intoxicated.

Fox 11 in Los Angeles reports that law enforcement officers responded to reports of a crash at approximately 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 29, to the river at Buckskin Mountain State Park in Arizona when she was struck by a boat.  

Emergency crews and paramedics rushed the 7-year-old to an area hospital for treatment. She later died as the result of injuries she suffered in the collision.

An arrest report filed by the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Office has identified the boat driver as 37-year-old Arthur Garcia of Indio, California. Eyewitnesses at the scene told investigators that Garcia had been “operating the vessel in a reckless and negligent manner” when he struck the child. He was placed under arrest on suspicion of driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. 

The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the incident. Anyone with any information about the crash is asked to contact the Colorado River Sheriff’s Station at  (760) 326-9200.

On behalf of the attorneys and staff of our firm, we wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones at this difficult time.

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