Georgia Boat Driver Indicted on Homicide Charges After Deadly Memorial Day Crash

August 18, 2022
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A Georgia man was indicted on homicide charges Wednesday, after a Memorial Day weekend boat collision that killed five people.

Mark Stegall was indicted on 10 counts of first-degree homicide by a vessel, USA Today reported. The man, age 45, was also indicted on six counts of serious injury by vessel, boating under the influence, and reckless operation.

The May 28 boat collision on the Wilmington River killed four members of the Leffler family — Chris, 51, his wife Lori, 50, and their sons Zach, 23, and Nate, 17 — dead. Robert “Stephen” Chauncey, a passenger in Stegall’s boat, also died. Four others were injured.

An investigation by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Chatham County District Attorney’s office concluded that Stegall was driving on the wrong side of the river while under the influence of alcohol.

Topics Personal Auto Georgia

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