Miami-Dade County

Hit-and-run boat crash injures 8-year-old, damages vessel

A damaged boat that was hit during a hit and run crash on Biscayne Bay is shown Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015.
A damaged boat that was hit during a hit and run crash on Biscayne Bay is shown Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. Courtesy of Miami Fire Rescue/Captain Ignatius Carroll Jr.

An 8-year-old girl suffered minor leg injuries when a boat slammed into her family’s vessel as it headed under the Rickenbacker Causeway bridge near Key Biscayne and then took off, according to Miami Fire-Rescue spokesman Capt. Ignatius Carroll.

“This boat came without any lights coming south and hit us on the side,” Marco Telles, the boat’s operator, told Miami Herald news partner CBS4.

“These guys are very irresponsible. They hit and ran. We told them to follow us to the marina. We had kids on board,” Telles said. “And they just ignored it and they hit and ran.”

Telles added that the boat appeared to be about 30 feet long with a dark blue hull.

The family of seven — four adults and three young children — was headed back to the marina when the accident happened at about 7p.m., Carroll said.

“Everyone was thrown around in the boat, but no one was ejected into the water,” Carroll said.

According to Carroll, the 23-foot jetboat was entering under the bridge when another dark-colored boat “collided with it.”

The driver of the jetboat reported the crash to authorities and then headed to the marina. Miami and Miami-Dade Fire-Rescue responded.

The 8-year-old was the only person treated, Carroll said. The vessel sustained front-end damage.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission investigators responded to the crash and will try to piece together what happened.

“The boat owner was credited for not only obeying the laws of the waterways, but also having all passengers wearing life preservers,” Carroll said.

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