Hudson boat crash families question barge's lighting
The families of the two people killed in a boat accident on the Hudson River near the Tappan Zee Bridge last week say that everyone aboard considered themselves to be sober and none saw the barge before it was struck by the 21-foot powerboat struck.
The boat was carrying six people set to stand in an Aug. 10 wedding. Bride-to-be Lindsey Stewart and her fiance's best man, Mark Lennon -- both 30 -- were thrown from the boat and later found dead in the river.
Jojo John, 35, the boat's driver, has been charged with vehicular manslaughter and vehicular assault. Police believe he may have been intoxicated.
Stewart's and Lennon's families released a statement Wednesday saying that "very little" alcohol had been consumed by those aboard. The families hinted the barge may have not been properly lit and questioned why police rushed to charge John, who is handcuffed to his bed at Nyack Hospital.
"We will never understand why this happened, but we do seek to understand exactly what happened that horrible night," the families said.
The U.S. Coast Guard says the barge was properly lit, News12 Westchester reported.