MIAMI, Florida–A boating accident was reported to have occurred on Black Creek, a tributary of the St. Johns River. Black Creek is located in Clay County, Florida. The woman who was a passenger on the boat suffered serious injuries that required hospitalization. A male passenger, also on the boat, was sent to the hospital as well. The boat they were traveling on hit a tree at about 30 mph. Charles Spiegel, who was driving the Boston Whaler involved in the crash, described the accident as follows, “I just came around the bend and there’s an overhanging branch. I cut it hard and broadsided the tree branch.”
We are familiar with the well-publicized fatal boating accident involving famous Miami Marlins pitcher José Fernandez, whose boat struck a projected jetty at night, resulting in three deaths. The issue of better lighting and better warnings has been discussed since that fatal accident.
Here, at Black Creek, there was a sign present, warning boaters to be careful in the area. The concern is that there was a fatal boat crash in this area years ago, indicating that this can be a dangerous area to navigate. Other boaters have in fact said that this is a difficult area to navigate, especially if one is not familiar with the area. There are a lot of sharp turns present, which often times can lead to losing control of the boat, with the result being a boat crash.