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Investigators Looking Into Mechanical Failure After Woman Dies in Miami Boat Crash

article-2262003-16EC894E000005DC-71_638x465.jpg A Hialeah woman is now dead after the boat she was riding crashed into a concrete piling underneath the MacArthur Causeway. Thirty-five year old Janette Africano and her boyfriend were spending the day out on the water in an 18-foot read and white boat when a cruise ship entered their path near the MacArthur causeway. When the cruise ship was making a turn in front of them, the couple decided to turn around.

As the couple turned around, the currents near the bridge became rougher and the couple drifted toward the pilings. Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission spokesman stated that they believe Africano may have stood up to prevent the boat from colliding into the pilings. Regardless the boat “violently slammed into the piling, fatally injuring her.” Africano suffered severe blunt trauma to the head and she later died at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation but the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission spokesman stated that the accident is “considered ‘unusual’ because it involves a single boat and neither excessive speed or alcohol appear to be a factor.'” No charges have been filed as of yet but investigators are “looking at every possible cause, including mechanical failure and the experience of the driver.”

Investigators to determine cause of fatal MacArthur Causeway boating accident, www.miamiherald.com January 13, 2013.


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