Warren County Sheriff supports ending Log Bay Day after fatal boating hit-and-run

Credit: Tom Lafleur

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Police are still investigating a terrible boating accident on Monday night that left a little girl dead and her mother injured.

Warren County Sheriff Bud York says several people have come forward with photos, information, and even drone footage of the popular Log Bay day on Monday. Those photos and information, according to police, have been helpful.

Log Bay day, a popular party scene where boaters head to the bay, anchor their boats, and tie them together for a day of drinking and fun.

“Every year when Log Bay comes, I actually pack up the kids and myself,” Monica Kasselman Oberting said. “We go back to Albany for the day because the lake is so crazy.”

Oberting grew up on Lake George and so have her children.

She says Log Bay day has been a dangerous event for years.

“Anyone is a potential victim when there is that much drinking.”

After 8-year-old Charlotte McCue was killed in a boating accident earlier this week, Oberting is more convinced then ever that Log Bay day must end.

“It’s just something that really bad things can come from. Here is an incident where it appears that way.”

She’s not the only one. An online petition has been started to stop the party and already has more than 60 signatures.

“Log Bay day has been questioned in the last couple of years about stopping it,” Sheriff York said.

Sheriff York says this is where he believes Alex West, the man who authorities say hit another boat with his boat, was before that fatal crash.

He says information from the public and drone video are part of the investigation.

Oberting says this tragedy should have never happened.

“An innocent child. It just shouldn’t. It’s just horrible.”

Charlotte was enjoying an evening on Lake George with her family when her life was tragically cut short.

According to Sheriff Bud York, at around 9:30 p.m. Monday night, a boat driven by West hit the boat driven by Charlotte’s grandfather. West’s boat jumped up over the top of the boat Charlotte was in, and drove away.

Charlotte was left dead and her mother taken to the hospital to be treated for her injuries. West then abandoned the boat he was driving at a dock at Tea Island Resort, called a friend for a ride, and left.

Since then, police say he has been cooperative with their investigation and submitted to a blood alcohol test. Sheriff York still wants more information on exactly what West was doing in the hours leading up to the accident.

West isn’t facing any charges yet, but Sheriff York says that will change.

“At the least this driver can be charged with leaving the scene of an accident. That’s the least, okay? We don’t want to charge the least,” Sheriff York said.

It isn’t clear yet if alcohol was a factor in this accident, but both West and the driver of the boat Charlotte was in have had blood alcohol tests done.

Sheriff York says West was at Log Bay with the four other people in his boat. Those individuals were also in the boat during the time of the accident.

The sheriff is also on board with getting rid of Log Bay day.

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