Prosecutors to decide on charges in hit-and-run Lake Lanier boat crash

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HALL COUNTY, Ga. - An 18-year-old boater is waiting to find out if he will face charges for a hit-and-run boating crash that injured two people this weekend.

Investigators said they have gotten statements from witnesses and collected evidence from the suspect’s boat, and they will hand that information over to Hall County prosecutors.

The Department of Natural Resources is in custody of the teen’s boat, which was involved in the crash on Lake Lanier late Friday night. The windshield is shattered and the hull is damaged, but the driver told authorities he did not realize he had hit another boat.

The crash happened near Old Federal Park in Flowery Branch.

DNR Sgt. Mike Burgamy said the teen said he was on his way back from fishing with a friend when he hit an unknown object.

Burgamy said the teen never stopped to see what he hit, but authorities believe he hit a small Sea-Doo boat, injuring both people on board. They are both in stable condition, with cuts and broken bones.

"The one victim sitting in the passenger side said they didn't see any boats out there before (the crash) happened, then all of a sudden, (the suspect's) boat ran over them and (they) didn't see any boats after that," Burgamy said.

The teen’s father heard about the crash on WSB radio and took his son to authorities Saturday night.

The teen suffered minor cuts to his arm.



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