Ellensburg man enters plea in boating accident that injured two

The Columbia Basin Herald reports that Brooks Sansaver, 46, pled not guilty to one count of watercraft assault and one count of failing to render assistance in Grant Superior Court. The charges stem from a boating accident on the Columbia River on August 17 that injured Cody McDaniel, 20, and Tristan Gorringe, 23, both of Ellensburg.

According to witnesses, Sansaver may have been drinking alcohol and driving his boat at high speeds when he crashed the boat onto the shore, throwing McDaniel and Gorringe onto rocks. Gorringe suffered head injuries and a fractured pelvis along with other injuries. McDaniel was treated for a fracture and cuts.

The “failing to render assistance” charge is made because Sansaver apparently did not call 9-1-1 or contact local police authorities after the accident. According to the law, if you are involved in a boating accident and someone is injured beyond needing just first aid, you must contact the local authorities.

A charge of “watercraft assault” can be made if a person was under the influence of alcohol and a person was seriously injured in a boating accident.

The Farber Law Group welcomes clients who have been seriously injured in a Washington Boating Accident. With offices in Seattle and Bellevue, you may be able to recover compensation for your damages including medical costs, lost wages, and for pain and suffering.

For more information, read, “When should I report a boating accident?” and see our “Boating Resources.”

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