Orlando, FL – An Orlando boat dealer has been sentenced to six years in prison following a fatal boating under the influence accident.
Mark David Watts, 51, the owner of Liquid Sports Marine, was sentenced following a July 30, 2006 accident, which resulted in the death of a 20-year-old woman, as well as contributed to several others getting hurt.
The deceased, Shelby Harper, was killed after Watts operated his speed boat while under the influence of alcohol on Lake Irma in east Orange County. The BUI incident took place around 4:30 am. Harper and her friends had met Watts and his wife at the nightclub Roxy’s and Watts invited them to his home after the club closed for the night.
Some people decided not to get into the vessel after witnessing Harper fall into the water when attempting to get onboard, but Harper and a few others boarded the vessel. Watts did not turn on his lights and sped off, soon crashing into a dock. Some of the passengers sustained fractures and other injuries and Harper suffered a broken neck. She was taken to an area hospital where she died of her injuries.
Watts admitted to having eight alcoholic drinks before operating his boat that night. In addition to his prison sentence, he was also ordered to serve three years’ probation and the judge ordered him to speak publicly about the dangers of operating a motor vehicle while drunk.
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