Powerboat pilot involved in fatal crash deemed drunk
NEW CITY | The powerboat pilot involved in a Hudson River crash that killed a bride-to-be and her fiance’s best man was drunk at the time, according to an indictment made public Thursday.
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe announced the indictment against Jojo John, 35, of Nyack, who was among six people on the 19-foot Stingray when it crashed into a construction barge July 26. Defense attorneys say poor lighting on the barge, not intoxication, caused the crash.
The judge said Mr. John’s blood alcohol content was 0.15 percent, nearly twice the legal limit. The crash occurred just south of the Tappan Zee Bridge, north of New York City.
The crash threw Lindsey Stewart of Piermont and Mark Lennon of Pearl River, both 30, into the river and both drowned. Mr. John and three others, including the groom-to-be, were injured. The wedding was two weeks away.