Investigation in boat accident continues


The National Transportation Safety Board is taking over the investigation of the crash of a 22-foot 2000 Crownline that happened around 7:15 Sunday night about a mile north of the Palm Valley bridge.

NTSB investigators expect to be here for about a week, talking to witnesses, the survivors and authorities to build a timeline of what happened.

At this time it is unknown why the boat and its 15 passengers rammed into the back of a 25-foot tug boat that was tied to a dock under construction in the Intracoastal, however, investigators are trying to determine whether alcohol played a part in the crash and if speed was a factor.

The crash killed Jacqueline R. Allen, 34, of Jacksonville, Olivia Rose Carretero, 23, of South Lake Tahoe, Robert Craig, 23, of Jacksonville Beach, Elisabeth Rosenfeld, 20, of Ponte Vedra Beach and Inmaculada Pierce, 42, of Orange Park.

The nine injured people now receiving treatment at Shands Jacksonville and Mayo Clinic are Justin Thomas Moore, 23, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Karey Rae Cavicchioli, 19, of Jacksonville Beach, Brittney Nicole Joyce, 19, of Jacksonville Beach, Jacqueline M. Collins, 23, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Jamie A. Hole, 22, of Santa Rosa, CA, Josh Moore, 18, of California and Melvin D. Bethel, 37, of Ponte Vedra Beach who authorities have identified as the owner of the boat.