- Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

SPARTA, N.J. (AP) - Authorities have charged the person they say was piloting a vessel that collided with a pontoon boat on a northwestern New Jersey lake and then fled the scene, leaving two people in the pontoon boat injured.

State police say 23-year-old Alex Majors, of Sparta, was charged Sunday afternoon with endangering an injured victim, leaving the scene of a vessel accident with serious bodily injury and assault by vessel.

A telephone number for Majors could not be located Monday, and it was not known if he has retained an attorney.

NJ.com (https://bit.ly/1GHOL5q) reports that the five people aboard the pontoon boat were all knocked into the water when the collision occurred around 12:50 a.m. Sunday on Lake Mohawk in Sussex County. Authorities say the pontoon boat was drifting in the center of the lake when it was struck by the 18-foot Nautilus boat.

Two of the pontoon boat passengers suffered concussions and were being treated at hospitals, while the other three had less serious injuries. It did not appear that anyone aboard the Nautilus boat was hurt.

A few hours after the collision occurred, Sparta police located a boat in the Lake Mohawk Marina that had a hole in its hull, and authorities said the damage appeared fresh. They then spoke with the owner of the vessel, who told them he had loaned the vessel to a relative.

Police then spoke with Majors, and he was arrested a short time later. Authorities would not say how Majors is related to the vessel’s owner.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

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Information from: NJ.com, https://www.nj.com


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