"Larsen, a Roseburg resident, told The Oregonian/OregonLive by phone Friday that he wasn’t using his cellphone while driving his Bayliner and referred to such allegations as “fake news.” Larsen also said a lawsuit seemed unnecessary because the people in the Weldcraft weren’t hurt badly.
The criminal case is ongoing. Larsen has pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor crimes of reckless operation of a boat, fourth-degree assault and recklessly endangering the lives of others."
What an asshole. I hope they take him for everything he's got.
"Larsen’s son-in-law, who also was on the boat, told investigators that he had warned his father-in-law to pay attention, that he sometimes sees his father-in-law using his cell phone while driving the boat and that his father-in-law had been off-and-on his cell phone the morning of the crash, according to the sheriff’s report."
You know it pays to be on at least friendly terms with your son-in-law.
> Larsen also said a lawsuit seemed unnecessary because the people in the Weldcraft weren’t hurt badly.
Are you serious? So if they didn't have the instinct to jump off the boat when they did all three would either be seriously injured or dead. Maybe he would have preferred killing a few of them so the charges would stick and he would do jail time. Larsen needs to be taken to the cleaners.
Full video - www.facebook.com/SalmonTroutSteelheader/videos/1739979969354036
News article about lawsuit - http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2018/01/chilling_video_fisherman_jumps.html
Excerpt regarding injuries -
>Maess suffered vision problems, headaches and injuries to his ankle, leg and arm from jumping into the water or being struck by debris, according to the suit. Five months after the crash, he wears a knee brace, the suit says.
>McMahon and Durham also suffered injuries, including cuts or hypothermia. They haven’t filed suit against Larsen but have hired attorneys who say they plan to. Portland attorney Josh Lamborn said his client, Durham, also has suffered psychological trauma and, even though fishing is a big part of her life, hasn’t been able to go back out on a boat since the crash.
Extremely lucky that it wasn't more serious or even fatal. Apparently the boat's operator is disabled and uses a scooter to move around, but in my own opinion it seems like you should at least be required to see where you're going at all times to commandeer a boat like this (or any boat for that matter).
You only see that kind of "abandon ship" type of jump in comedy films or tv shows. Seeing real life footage of it is pretty sobering and infuriating.
>Larsen, a Roseburg resident, told The Oregonian/OregonLive by phone Friday that he wasn’t using his cellphone while driving his Bayliner and referred to such allegations as “fake news.”
$100 he was on his cell phone and call records will prove it.
Nope. Sorry, after that, fuck you, no more boating license.
Doesn’t matter if he was on his phone or paying attention. If you ram and parked boat head on I’m pretty sure you are at fault
In seattle a few months ago, some guy was taking a shit on his boat and left it in drive. It drove right in front of a ferry and got smashed. Shows how dumb people can be.