The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission released new details Sunday about Saturday’s deadly boat crash in Fort Lauderdale.
Dalton Shirley, 24, who was from Hollywood, was ejected from a 20-foot recreational open motor boat when it hit a concrete dock near the 3200 block of Northeast 38th Street, according to FWC Spokeswoman Liz Barraco.
Barraco said the boat, carrying four people, was “going at a high rate of speed,” and investigators were looking into whether speed or alcohol played a role in the crash.
Injured in the accident: Justina Coronez, who had internal injuries and a shattered arm and Austin Lail, who was released from the hospital Sunday, Barraco said.
The crash happened just before 8 p.m. Saturday on the Intracoastal Waterway. Two boats carrying a total of 10 passengers were traveling side by side when one of the boats hit the dock sending Shirley overboard.
The accident happened behind a private home, and there was no indication that the boat was attempting to dock, Barraco said.
After the accident, the other boat, which had six people on board, stopped to help.
“Someone lost their life, and a lot his friends were there to see it,” Barraco said. “It was very sad.”