9-Year-Old Girl Dies In Boat Crash


After a 9-year-old girl died in a hit-and-run boating accident, there are calls to consider banning the public event which lead to the horrible death.

Charlotte McCue from Calrsbad, California, was with her family on a boat in Lake George, New York, when it was struck by another boat that was moving fast on the night of July 25.

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, a 21-foot Larson powerboat went over the 28-foot wooden vessel containing Charlotte and her family.

The 9-year-old, who suffered critical head and chest injuries, died before arriving at a hospital. Her mother suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The man who caused the accident was later identified as Alexander West, a 24-year-old resident of Lake George. He left the scene of the crash, despite the damage to both boats, and then docked the vessel before leaving in a car with four other individuals. No charges have been filed as of this writing.

Prior to the deadly crash, West was believed to have taken part of Log Bay Day, a boating get-together in a Lake George cove. The event typically involves nudity and alcohol.

"We're going to start to strongly discourage large crowd-sourced party events in Log Bay, i.e., the only one there," Dave Wick, executive director of the Lake George Park Commission, told the Times Union.

Devon Conway, Charlotte’s godmother, said that her family often vacationed with the McCue family. She had known Charlotte McCue since they were 2 years old.

"We grew up together at the Lake George Club, during the summers," she said. "This is where we first met, where we played together as kids. It's a huge memory, and now there's going to be this black cloud over it."

Conway is also joining the increasing number of people who are looking to ban Log Bay Day.

"This has to end," Conway said. "We need to do everything we can to prevent something like this from happening."

Authorities plan to discuss strategies to decrease the size of Log Bay parties, as it is difficult to officially manage an informal gathering.

"There's not a permit that can be revoked," Wick said. "There's no regulation that can be put in place limiting the size of an activity."

Sources: Times Union, The San Diego Union-Tribune / Photo credit: Paul Buckowski/Times Union

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