No Charges Filed in Fatal Conroe Boat Accident
Written by Greg on October 9, 2014
Recent news reports indicate that a Montgomery County Grand Jury refused to issue indictments in the case where three people lost their lives in a boating accident on Lake Conroe in July.
According to statements issued to the press, the criminal investigation has been concluded and no charges are pending.
The boating accident happened when a bass boat struck another boat carrying a family and some children. A 29-year-old woman, a 30-year-old woman and a 9-year-old child perished from injuries suffered in the accident. A 3-year-old was severely injured but survived.
The community responded to this terrible tragedy and many people volunteered and helped by raising funds for medical and funeral expenses.
Undoubtedly, the investigators involved in the boat accident reconstruction left no stone unturned in re-creating the boat crash.
This accident is a good example of the difference between civil justice and criminal justice. While news reports were thorough, there are many factors that can come into play in an analysis of how the accident actually happened and who should be held responsible, if anyone.
Grand jurors are given factual information and asked to make an initial determination as to whether or not actions or inactions may have risen to the level of a crime. In this case the grand jurors have spoken and the criminal investigation closed.
Civil justice in the form of personal injury or wrongful death litigation sometimes can be the only justice available to a family after a terrible accident. Our hearts go out to everyone involved in the tragic boat wreck.
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