Man indicted in boating death

June 14, 2008|By Mary Gail Hare

A Cecil County grand jury has indicted a New Jersey man on charges of manslaughter in the death of a 21-year-old Philadelphia woman during a boating accident on the Elk River last summer, authorities said.

Mark D. Rosati, 51, of Mount Laurel has been charged with manslaughter by vessel, homicide by vessel while under the influence of alcohol, operating a vessel in a reckless or dangerous manner, reckless operation and negligent operation.

The Cecil County Sheriff's Office served Rosati with the indictment Monday. He was released on personal recognizance, authorities said.

Rosati was operating his 42-foot power boat with five passengers aboard July 21, when it collided with a personal watercraft. Kristy Lynn Szewczak, a passenger on the smaller craft driven by Christopher J. Leight Jr., 30, of Warminster, Pa., died of her injuries at Christiana Hospital in Delaware, police said.

The evidence and information developed by the Maryland Natural Resources Police during the investigation was given to the office of Cecil County State's Attorney Christopher Eastridge, who presented the case to the grand jury.

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