Driver charged in deadly Hudson River boat crash

Driver charged in deadly Hudson River boat crash

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Two families are grieving after a deadly boating accident on the Hudson River Friday night.

The accident happened around 10:30 p.m. and crews searched for two people who were thrown into the water. Saturday afternoon, a woman's body was found.

The search for the missing male victim was suspended until Sunday. Investigators have charged the driver of the speedboat with vehicular manslaughter and say he may have been intoxicated.

The grief is fresh tonight for friends of Lindsey Stewart and Mark Lennon. Saturday afternoon, authorities pulled the body believed to be that of Stewart, a bride to be, from the Hudson River.

Lennon who was to be the best man at her wedding is still missing, despite an all-day search on the water and from up in the air.

"We're hopeful but of course the more time passes it becomes a recovery not a rescue," said Rockland County Undersheriff Robert VanCura.

Lennon, Stewart and her fiancé Brian Bond and three other friends were out on a 19-foot speed boat last night that left from a marina in Piermont, where the couple lived, and was headed across the River to Tarrytown.

But Friday night, the boat crashed into a Tappen Zee Bridge construction barge and Lennon and Stewart were flung into the deep and rough waters. The four others were badly injured.

"Neck braces, blood, I don't even know how to explain it, it was depressing," said one witness.

Now authorities have arrested the man operating the boat, 35-year-old Jojo John of Nyack.

While The Rockland County Sheriff's office says John was likely drunk, many people who boat in the area say the construction barges are difficult to see at night.

"Some of them seem to be lit up with reflectors and some do not. Someone could be churning along pretty good and I hate to say -- just ram right into one of them," said Tom Regan, resident.

Saturday night, an official from the Governor's office told Fox 5 the Tappen Zee construction company has added more lights to all of the barges in the area, this as members of the tight-knit community of Piermont begin the mourning process.

"It just breaks my heart, totally breaks my heart," said one resident.

Four others in the boat, including the fiancé and suspect, remain hospitalized tonight but expected to survive.

The search for Marc Lennon is set to resume at 10:00 a.m.

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