South River boater charged in accident ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY--Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale

August 06, 1993|By Staff report

An accident involving two jet boats in the South River yesterday afternoon left a 15-year-old youth bruised and a 27-year-old man charged with reckless endangerment.

John Verrico, a spokesman for the Maryland Natural Resources Police, said the accident occurred about 1:40 p.m. near the Riva Bridge south of Annapolis, when the craft driven by Charles V. Lusby struck a stationary jet boat ridden by the youth.

He said Mr. Lusby was traveling between 15 to 20 knots when he hit the other boat broadside, creating a 2-by-1-foot hole.

The youth, whom Mr. Verrico would not name, was bruised but declined medical treatment.

The reckless endangerment charge carries a maximum fine of $5,000 and/or five years in prison.

Mr. Lusby also was charged with failure to reduce speed to 6 knots when within 100 feet of another vessel.

Mr. Verrico said both crafts had been rented from Sun Time Rentals in Annapolis, which requires customers to sign an agreement to stay 100 feet from all vessels and at least 300 feet from all swimmers and fixed objects.

The spokesman also said that neither Mr. Lusby, who lives on Maryland Avenue in Annapolis, nor the juvenile have completed the state-required boater education course.

But Mr. Verrico said it is not required that renters show proof of that certification before renting a vessel.

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