Investigation Into Fatal Boat Crash Continues
A 25 year old Glen Allen woman was killed and nine other people were hurt Monday night in boat crash on the Rappahannock River.
State Police divers yesterday located the body of school teacher Amanda Brady. She was thrown into the water when a 2005 Chapparal hit a channel marker head on doing about 35 miles an hour.
Bull: Some indications that alcohol may have played a role. We have some evidence that the adults that were in the boat had been drinking earlier at a riverside bar down river.
John Bull, Virginia Marine Police, said the Coast Guard sent a helicopter from North Carolina that arrived quickly and rescued 11-year-old Zach Nixon from the water. He had severe head trauma.
Bull: The Coast Guard auxiliary pulled people out of the water, raced them to the boat landing where paramedics were on standby with their ambulances lined up in a row to triage the patients and to transport them for medical evacuation.
The boat was piloted by the boy’s father, 38-year-old Steve Nixon, a Captain with the Richmond Fire Department. Nixon’s 13-year-old stepson was also hurt as were two other children, ten and eleven years old, and four adults. The wreckage has been impounded.
Bull: And when the investigation is done, the evidence will be turned over to the Commonwealth Attorney's office in Middlesex County for determination on whether or not charges are warranted, and if so, against whom and for what.
John Ogle, WCVE News