Wayne Hamler : “Rocky Hill man arrested for manslaughter in fatal Connecticut River boating incident”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Rocky Hill Man Arrested for Manslaughter in Connection with Connecticut River Boating Incident

PORTLAND, Conn. — A Rocky Hill man, Kerry Sheltra, is facing manslaughter charges in connection with a boating incident that killed one person and injured several others on the Connecticut River in Portland earlier this summer. The arrest, made by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Environmental Conservation (EnCon) Police, is related to an incident that occurred on July 10.

According to fire responders, the boating accident took place just north of Petzolds Marina. An initial investigation revealed that a 21-foot Yamaha jet boat lost control and crashed into the rocks along the shore, ejecting all passengers on board. The incident resulted in seven injuries, including two children aged 6 and 12, who were hospitalized. Tragically, 60-year-old Wayne Hamler of Waterford was pronounced dead at the scene. Furthermore, two individuals sustained life-altering injuries.

EnCon police have determined that Sheltra was driving the boat at the time of the crash, leading to his arrest on Friday. In addition to manslaughter charges, he is also facing assault and risk of injury to a minor charges. Sheltra was released on a $50,000 bond and is expected to appear in court on December 7.

This incident highlights the importance of safety and responsible boating practices. Authorities remind boaters to always follow safety guidelines, including wearing life jackets, maintaining a safe speed, and refraining from operating a boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It serves as a tragic reminder of the potential consequences of negligence while operating a watercraft.

The EnCon Police, along with other law enforcement agencies, continue to investigate the incident to gather additional information and evidence. The case will be presented in court, where a thorough examination of the facts will take place to determine the appropriate legal consequences.

Boating accidents can have devastating outcomes, impacting the lives of victims and their families. As the legal process unfolds, it is imperative to remember the lives lost and those who continue to suffer from the aftermath of this tragic incident.

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