Boater “not guilty” in Lake Tapps boating accident in which man was killed, 4 injured

Richard Neil Larsen, 43, was found not guilty of the 2008 fatal boating accident which killed Ron Scott, 49, and injured four people in Scott’s boat reports Seattle’s KOMO News.

Larsen had been charged with one count of homicide by watercraft and four counts of watercraft assault as a result on the September 2008 boating accident. His two week trial on these charges ended with the jury acquitting him of any wrong-doing.

Scott had been motoring his Bayliner with friends aboard when his boat was hit by Larsen’s 21-foot Supra between Interlake and Inlet Islands. When the Supra hit the Bayliner, it went over the top of the Bayliner and Scott was knocked into the water. Six people on the Bayliner were injured.

Larsen’s defense successfully argued that Scott was at fault in the boating accident because he parked his Bayliner in a narrow channel and did not have any lights on.

The U.S. Coast Guard keeps boating accident statistics and, according to their numbers, there are between 7.5 to 9.9 deaths per 100,000 registered boats in Washington state every year. In both 2008 and 2009, there were 22 fatalities in boating accidents in Washington state which was down from a high of 26 in 2007.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent Washington boating accident victims and their families.

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