Criminal charges not expected in personal watercraft deaths
Criminal charges are not expected in connection with the boating accident that killed two young men near Nevada Beach, a Douglas County prosecutor said Wednesday.
“I don’t anticipate any criminal charges at this time, but I’ll make a final decision after I’ve reviewed all reports regarding the entire investigation,” said Deputy District Attorney Mark Jackson.
Jackson said it will be at least two weeks before he receives reports from investigators, a toxicologist and medical examiner.
Charles “Chip” Williams, 24, of South Lake Tahoe and Gregory Westbrook, a 21-year-old Michigan man, died from injuries they suffered July 26.
They doubled up on a Sea-Doo driven by Westbrook, who motored into a dock at Nevada 4-H Camp going about 15 mph, according to investigators.
The accident occurred in the dark sometime after 12:45 a.m. when witnesses say Westbrook and Williams left the Riva Grill, boarded a Sea-Doo and motored from Ski Run Marina.
The watercraft was not damaged during the wreck. It drifted from the dock, which sits about 4 feet above the water, and was found Thursday morning floating on Marla Bay.
The Sea-Doo was one of two watercraft taken from Lakeside Marina the night the fatal accident occurred.
Dustin Goodman, 21, of Michigan has admitted to investigators he took the machines from the marina. Because the Sea-Doos were taken from a marina in California, El Dorado County Assistant District Attorney Han Uthe is reviewing reports to determine if he will file charges.
Goodman, who was sentenced Tuesday for driving under the influence in South Lake Tahoe, plans to move back to Michigan where he will serve six days work release and attend a drug and alcohol program.
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