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NYC Boat Accident Killed Bride-To-Be

Posted on August 3, 2013

Family and friends clutched yellow flowers at the funeral Thursday for a 30-year-old woman killed in a boat crash on the Hudson River two weeks before she was set to be married to a childhood friend.

As mourners remembered Lindsey Stewart, questions over the lighting of the construction barges near the Tappan Zee Bridge and whether it played a role in the crash continued to linger.

Services for Stewart were held at the Good Shepard Lutheran Church in Pearl River, the church where she had planned her wedding. A wake was also being held Thursday for Mark Lennon, who was supposed to be the best man at Stewart’s wedding next week.

Stewart and Lennon were killed when a speedboat they were on crashed into a barge near the Tappan Zee Bridge Friday night. Four others were injured in the crash, including Stewart’s fiance, Brian Bond. Relatives said they had known each other since elementary school.

The Rockland County medical examiner’s office found Stewart died from drowning and head injuries and that Lennon also drowned but had minor injuries. The mother and step-father of Lindsey Stewart, and parents of Mark Lennon, said in their first extensive public remarks about the crash that their families “are shattered.

The boat operator, Jojo John, has been arrested and charged with vehicular homicide, and officials say there was probable cause that he was intoxicated.

The families said in the statement that “toxicology results supporting those charges will not be available for days,” and said the passengers on the boat were not drunk. John’s lawyer has called the crash “a tragedy.”

The crash survivors said it was pitch-black and they couldn’t see the barge.

“Compounding our agony is the rush, by some, to cast blame on or even malign the victims,” the statement said.

The New York Thruway Authority installed more lights on the barges after the crash as a precautionary measure, even though regulations do not require the additional lighting.

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