Power­boat pi­lot in­volved in fatal crash deemed drunk

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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.

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