- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Prosecutors have charged a Tacoma, Washington, man with watercraft homicide and watercraft assault after a two-boat weekend collision on Commencement Bay critically injured two people and left an Oregon man missing and presumed dead.

The News Tribune reports (https://is.gd/GoDOR0 ) that 44-year-old Joshua Puckett pleaded not guilty to the charges Tuesday.

His bail was set at $75,000 after his lawyer said he is caring for his terminally ill mother.

Police arrested him after the Saturday night crash. Puckett and three passengers were riding in his 22-foot boat.

Charging papers say Vicki and Robert Brown of Graham were motoring back to shore in their 17-foot aluminum boat when the two craft collided. The impact threw Puckett and his passengers into the water. He and two of them were rescued. Police say 47-year-old Douglas Foster of Portland is presumed dead.

The Browns both suffered serious injuries.

Authorities say alcohol contributed to the crash.

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Information from: The News Tribune, https://www.thenewstribune.com


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