Tuesday, September 10, 2019 10:33 AM EST
By The Associated Press, AP
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Authorities have filed a manslaughter charge against a Florida man who ran a speeding motorboat over a water scooter, killing a tourist from New York.
Thirty-five-year-old Jesse Mayer of Redington Beach was arrested Monday at his lawyer's office in the Aug. 31 death of 56-year-old Robert Krysztofowicz. Charges include boating-under-the-influence manslaughter, vessel homicide, reckless operation of a vehicle and violation of navigation rules.
The Tampa Bay Times reports Mayer's speedboat struck Krysztofowicz in a no-wake zone of the Intracoastal Waterway.
Pinellas Sheriff's Cpl. Jessica Mackesy says a sudden storm was rolling in and Mayer was trying to outrun it.
Krysztofowicz was visiting Florida from East Aurora, New York.
Mayer was released on bond.