Sheriff: Alcohol, speed contributed to Vashon boat crash

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SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities say alcohol, speed and a lack of instruments for boating at night all contributed to a fatal boat crash Saturday night near Vashon Island that killed one person and injured five others.

The Seattle Times reports the King County Medical Examiner’s Office on Monday identified Justin Hagerty as the 28-year-old man who was killed. He died from drowning, and his death was ruled an accident.

Hagerty was the owner and driver of a 20-foot, 200-horsepower motorboat that slammed broadside into a 38-foot, unoccupied sailboat at the Dockton Park Marina, said sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Ryan Abbott.

Abbott says they were heading home to Vashon Island from a bull-riding event in Tacoma when they crashed into the sailboat that was legally moored offshore.

Hagerty was thrown off the boat. Hagerty’s passengers, — two women and three men — were injured.

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