Jahrick Williams, 27, of Lancaster was killed in a watercraft accident at Silverwood Lake after the personal watercraft he was riding collided with a boat. According to a news report on Victorville News’s website, the incident occurred the morning of July 8, 2017. San Bernardino County Coroner’s officials said lifeguards patrolling the water saw the collision and called paramedics. Williams was transported to the marina where he was pronounced dead. The California State Parks Police is investigating the collision.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family members of Jahrick Williams. We offer our deepest condolences to them.
Boating Accident Statistics
In 2015, the Coast Guard counted 4,158 accidents that involved 626 deaths, 2,613 injuries and approximately $42 million dollars of damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents. According to the California Department of Boating and Waterways, in 2016, there were 322 boating accidents in Southern California that resulted in 14 deaths and 116 injuries. These accidents represented 55 percent of all accidents statewide, 44 percent of injuries and 28 percent of fatalities. Compared with 2015 accident totals, accidents rose by 14 percent, injuries decreased by 4 percent and deaths decreased 26 percent.
What Caused This Fatal Boating Crash?
Based on this news report, it is unclear as to what caused this tragic boating accident. There are several questions here. What caused the boat and the personal watercraft to collide? Were alcohol, drugs or speed factors in this crash? Did a defective watercraft cause this collision? We trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely what caused this crash. If the boat’s operator is determined to have been negligent, he or she can be held liable for Williams’s wrongful death. If a defective watercraft caused the fatal incident, the manufacturer can also be held liable.
Tips for Safe Water Activities
Summer is of course the peak season for boating and use of personal watercraft. There are a number of steps you can take to help ensure that you and your family members are safe on the water:
- Know and understand all operational features of the watercraft you are riding or the boat you are operating.
- Ensure that your watercraft is Coast Guard-compliant and has all required equipment.
- Watercraft riders must be properly fitted with protective clothing such as a wet suit, footwear, gloves and goggles.
- Know your vessel’s capacity. Do not overload.
- Avoid wake jumping, splashing and passing close to other vehicles.
- Know the weather conditions. Tune in to your local forecast.
- Never consumer alcohol or drugs before or while operating a watercraft or boat.
- It is strongly recommended that you take a boating safety course.