Witness statements of fatal Lake George boating hit-and-run released

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – New details are emerging in the boat collision on Lake George that killed an 8-year-old girl from California last week.

NEWS10 ABC’s Noel McLaren thumbed through piles of statements that witnesses gave investigators shortly after the crash on Lake George.

Some of them are very painful, describing the last moments of Charlotte McCue’s life, and the crash that killed her.

All witnesses names were redacted in the statements, but all the accounts seem to have one thing in common, nobody saw this tragedy or collision coming.

One of Charlotte’s family members, who was on the boat with her, said:

“With zero advance notice, everything changed. I didn’t see anything around us. I didn’t hear anything around us. All of a sudden, there was a bow of another boat charging up the right side of our boat.”

The witness then went on to say that Charlotte was “mangled badly.”

The Warren County Sheriff says 24-year-old Alexander West was the one driving the boat that caused the collision.

West has pleaded not guilty and did not make any statement that was filed in court. Four others were also charged with misdemeanors linked to the crash.

The others, who were on the boat with him, did speak to police.

Cara Canale, 27, of Albany, N.Y., said “I didn’t see the other boat, there were no lights.”

Matthew Marry, 28, of Kingsbury, N.Y., told investigators “we waved to the boat and asked if they were okay. They just looked at us and kept on driving.”

Another witness told police he saw West and the group on his boat. Shortly after the crash, they docked at Tea Island Resort.

That witness told investigators that one woman on West’s boat “was giving instructions not to talk about this or text about this.”

West and the four others are due back in court on August 18.


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