LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – After days of investigating, arrests were made on Friday in the Lake George boating accident that killed an 8-year-old and injured her mother.
Five people are facing charges. Police said the arrests were made possible thanks to witnesses and surveillance footage that has been sealed at the request of one of the attorneys.
The following were arrested:
- 24-year-old Alex West – two counts of 2nd degree leaving the scene of an accident without reporting, both felonies.
- 28-year-old Christine Tiger – 3rd degree hindering prosecution.
- 28-year-old Matthew Marry – Making a punishable false written statement, 3rd degree hindering prosecution, 2nd degree offering a false written statement, 2nd degree offering a false instrument for filing.
- 27-year-old Morland Keyes – Making a punishable false written statement, 2nd degree offering a false instrument for filing.
- 27-year-old Cara Mia Canale – 3rd degree hindering prosecution, 2nd degree offering a false instrument for filing.
A 911 call was made around 9:22 p.m. Monday that said a boat collided into and on top of the boat carrying Charlotte McCue, 8. Charlotte was instantly killed, and her mother was injured. West is the alleged driver of the boat that struck the victims’ boat.
Tuesday morning, West agreed to give a blood alcohol test. He told police he wasn’t aware he hit anyone or anything Monday night.
“What we’re getting from witnesses, they would’ve been deaf not to know they hurt somebody,” Warren County Sheriff Bud York said.
On Wednesday, a petition was started to put an end to the event.
“There were lots of excuses but none of them were plausible,” York said. “None of them, we believe, were honest.”
The defense attorney argued West didn’t have to call police because he didn’t know someone was hurt. But the sheriff said there is no logic to that point.
“You have an accident, you’re required to stop,” he said. “You’re required to stop to see if you can render aid. You’re required to stop to give your information.”
York said Charlotte’s mother was recovering at Albany Medical Center but has since been released.
All five defendants posted bail. The sheriff said more charges could be filed.
Their upcoming court date is set for August 18.