Boater Faces Manslaughter Cost For Lady’s Demise: State Lawyer

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BLOOMINGDALE – RIVERVIEW, FL – A 40-year-old man accused of driving a boat who was drunk during an accident on the Alafia River in May that killed a 12-year-old girl was charged .

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Hillsborough District Attorneys said suspect Andrew Joseph Miltner was under the influence of manslaughter and pre-boating ship murder.

The victim, Jasina Campbell, 12, and one other person were riding a tube pulled by another boat on May 17 when Miltner’s boat collided with Campbell. FWC, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office were looking for the girl. A diving team eventually found her body.

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12-year-old Jasina Campbell was killed in a boating accident on May 17 when she was tubing in the Alafia River. (Hillsborough County Prosecutor’s Office)

The other person in the tube was taken to hospital with injuries, detectives said.

“This is a parent’s worst nightmare. It is our job to protect the community and we want to make sure that person cannot do this again,” said Hillsborough District Attorney Andrew Warren. “Anyone planning to spend time on the water during the vacation needs to hear this – boating while drunk and ruthlessly putting lives in danger is not tolerated in our community.”

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The investigation found that Miltner’s alcohol consumption, reckless operation of a boat and accelerated speed in a specified idle speed zone, as well as failure to avoid colliding with the hose caused Campbell’s death, according to a press release from FWC.

“Tragedies like this can be avoided by simply not operating a vessel when it is impaired,” said Maj. Roger Young, FWC regional commander. “Jasina Campbell should celebrate the holidays with her family, and unfortunately not because of a bad decision Mr. Miltner made. If you go boating while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you put your life and the lives of others at risk. And you will be arrested. ”

In 2019, 32 percent of boating deaths in Florida were classified as alcohol- or drug-related, according to the FWC.

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