The body of the second person missing in the Hudson River Boating accident has been recovered. The search for the second body was called off a little after 1 p.m. on Sunday and it was right after that a recreational jet skier, not involved in the search, found the body. The body of Mark Lennon was found about a mile away from the accident site, according to USA Today on July 28.
The driver of Friday night’s tragic accident on the Hudson River was arrested on Saturday afternoon. 35-year-old Jojo John of Nyack, New York was charged with a felony count of vehicular manslaughter and three felony counts of second-degree vehicular assault, according to USA Today. John was driving a speedboat with five passengers when it hit on barge on the Hudson River near the Tappan Zee Bridge.
CNN News reports on Sunday that John may have been operating the boat while intoxicated. USA Today updates that report with; “Authorities believe alcohol was a factor based on a blood sample and statements from witnesses.”
USA Today has also reported that the man Lindsay Stewart was due to marry in two weeks, Brian Bond, is in the hospital with “serious injuries” from the accident. He is undergoing surgery on Monday, although his injuries are serious, he is expected to make a full recovery. It was originally reported that he had minor injuries.
Two people were thrown from the boat on impact, 30-year-old Lindsay Stewart, a bride-to-be, who was getting married in two weeks, and Mark Lennon, also 30, he was to be the best man at her wedding. The other four people in the boat suffered injuries, but none life-threatening, according to police.
The two remained missing overnight on Friday. On Saturday the body Stewart’s body was found on Saturday, but the search for Lennon’s body went on until Sunday afternoon. His body was found by a jet-skier, not with the search parties.
Rockland County Sheriff’s Department Chief William Barbera reported at a the press conference on Saturday that they had arrested John, who may have operating the boat while intoxicated. This boat ride consisted of six adults, all close friends and part of a wedding party for the up-coming wedding of Lindsey Stewart and Brian Bond, who was also in the boat.
The groom-to-be, Bond, was knocked unconscious for a short period of time from the impact of the crash. He was the one who called 911 when he came to, he reports.
The man who was driving the boat, Jojo K. John is a “jovial and loving person,” reports a close friend of his. Jojo “would never, ever want to put his friends in danger,” said Sheryl Palacio, 35, of Valley Cottage, N.Y., a friend of John. Palacio was on the shore looking out at the search parties on the river when she talked to the media.
“I know they charged him,” she said of John. “I don’t know the situation. Knowing all of them, they were probably having a great time.” This tragic boat accident has not only cut two lives short, it also has ruined many different lives. The parents of the dead woman are devastated, as is the man she was going to marry, along with his family who thought of Lindsey like a daughter.
The driver of the boat, who was considered a good friend to all five passengers, is looking at a life without two of his friends, knowing that he was the one driving the boat. He is possibly looking at some time in jail in the charges stick. It is just heart-wrenching for all involved today.