The Legal Herald Logo
Legal Analysis By Attorneys
Breaking Legal News

Mattituck, New York - Kelly Blanchard Killed, 3 Others Seriously Injured in Boating While Intoxicated Crash on James Creek

James Creek in Mattituck, New York
Published: November 12, 2019
By: Paul
Last Updated on November 21, 2020

Suspected BWI Crash Leaves 1 Dead, 3 Injured on James Creek

Last Updated: 7/13/2020

One person was killed and three others were injured in a suspected boating while intoxicated crash on James Creek in Mattituck on Sunday night.

24-year-old Kelley Blanchard was killed, while the boat’s operator, 48-year-old Frank DiStefano, and two other people were seriously injured in the crash.

According to the police, the 39-foot powerboat crashed into a bulkhead west of the entrance to James Creek at around 9:15 p.m. The crash happened near the end of Old Salt Road.

Officials from several departments responded to the scene, including firefighters from Mattituck and Cutchogue, Southold Town police, the Southold Town police Bay Constable, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

DiStefano was arrested and has been charged with boating while intoxicated. This crash remains under investigation.

Laurence Banville
Hi. My name is Laurence Banville.
I am licensed to practice law in New York and Washington, D.C. If you or a loved one needs legal assistance, I’d be happy to speak with you.
(888) 997-3792

Legal Options For People Injured in Alcohol-Related Crashes in New York

Attorney contributor Laurence Banville of Banville Law represents victims of motor vehicle crashes involving alcohol, helping them recover the financial compensation they need and deserve for their injuries. Here are some thoughts from Brian on the legal rights of people injured in boating while intoxicated crashes in New York:

When an intoxicated person injures or kills others in a motor vehicle crash, the victims may have grounds for a lawsuit against the person who caused the crash. Additionally, New York and several other states have dram shop laws, which allow alcohol vendors to be held liable for injuries or deaths caused by their customers, under certain conditions.

According to New York’s dram shop law, alcohol vendors can be held liable for injuries or deaths caused by customers if the customer was either under 21 years old or visibly intoxicated at the time the vendor served them alcohol.

These rules apply to drunk driving crashes involving automobiles, as well as boat crashes involving intoxicated boat operators.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a drunk driving or boating while intoxicated crash, you can learn more about your legal rights by speaking with one of our experienced drunk driving crash victims lawyers in a free consultation.

Sources

https://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/boating-accident-mattituck-1.38476860

https://suffolktimes.timesreview.com/2019/11/cops-three-injured-one-dead-in-mattituck-boating-accident/

https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2019/11/11/long-island-deadly-boating-accident/

Got A Tip Or Questions 
About A Story?
Call Us!
The Legal Herald
888-997-3792
About the Author
Paul
About Paul
Editor: Paul is a staff editor who focuses on bringing you the most important legal news regarding cases of sexual assault, drunk driving, and preventable violence. Contact Paul: [email protected] This article was fact checked prior to publishing by this author to ensure compliance with our rigorous editorial standards. We will only use authoritative sources. Our values compel us to provide only trustworthy information. If you find an error, please contact us.
Read some recent posts
  • Details
  • Incident

Find A Local Lawyer

Want To Contribute Breaking News? 
Contact Us Today
Legal Herald Logo[email protected]
10355 Kensington Shore Dr. #102
Orlando, FL 32827
Call: (888) 997-3792
© 2020 The Legal Herald, a division of Eagle Peak Marketing, LLC. All rights reserved.

We would like our readers to know that the information in this story may be sourced from secondary sources and may therefore contain inaccuracies. We will correct them if and when they are brought to our attention or we discover them through our editing process. If you have any concerns about this post, please contact us immediately and we will rectify issues. DISCLAIMER: The material contained in this post is for general informational purposes. It is not intended to constitute or express legal or medical advice. Any laws referenced herein are substantially based on general legal principles and may not be applicable to your particular situation. Laws can often be different from one jurisdiction to the next. The Legal Herald is not a law firm. Law firms and lawyers from around the country may apply to become a sponsor or contributor to The Legal Herald.
SitemapDisclaimer / Terms Of Service & Privacy Policy