Boater charged after accident injures 2 women

September 08, 1993|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Staff Writer

A 49-year-old Edgewood boater was charged with negligence yesterday after his 22-foot cabin cruiser demolished a 20-foot motorboat and injured two women near Pond Point on the Bush River Sunday, authorities said.

Maryland Natural Resources Police said that Coy Edward Barker was operating the cabin cruiser at about 30 knots, or 34 1/2 mph, when the collision occurred. The smaller boat had stopped in the river as its four occupants prepared to swim and water ski.

Alcohol was not a factor, said police, who cited Mr. Barker with operating in a negligent manner and for failing to maintain a forward lookout. The citations carry a maximum penalty of $120 and $50, respectively.

The most seriously injured passenger in the smaller boat was Victoria Lynn Miller, 38, of Street. She was in fair and stable

condition yesterday after the 1978 Cresswell she was aboard was rammed by the cabin cruiser. Ms. Miller was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after the 7 p.m. accident.

Another passenger, Donna Lynne Jones, 32, of Forest Hill, was treated and released at Harford Memorial Hospital.

Aboard the cabin cruiser with Mr. Barker were Christine Leigh Pearson, 25, of Abingdon and Bel Air residents Kenneth Letcher Main, 37, and Peggy Joyce Horner, 34.

Arthur Leo Raines, 35, of Fallston and David Lee Stamper, 40, of Bel Air were passengers in the smaller boat.

Police said one of the people in the 20-foot boat saw the cabin cruiser approaching and fell to the deck. Other occupants were already in the water. The cabin cruiser's propeller did not hit any of the swimmers.

The demolished boat was valued at more than $5,000, said police. Damage to the cabin cruiser was not reported.

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