Game Wardens Investigating Galveston Boat Hit and Run
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So a hit and run is bad enough, but think about the badness of a boat and run. The phrase "boat and run" may sound the tiniest bit funny, but not if you let yourself imagine being out on the water in the Galveston Channel just past Seawolf Fishing Pier off of Galveston Island in the dark of night. You're out there in your 27-foot sailboat, having a lovely evening with all of those stars and all that water, when a motorboat slams into the starboard side of your vessel. Truly seems like a case where saying "That thing came out of nowhere" seems totally accurate and appropriate.
Scott Perry, 50, and Celia Stastny, 68, both of Galveston, were on the sailboat between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sunday when it was struck by a boat they described as having a white hull and chrome railing and a V-hull (which is exactly what it sounds like it is, a hull that is sharply pointed at the front like an arrow.) The motorboat punched a hole in the back quarter of the vessel, according to a release issued by Texas Parks & Wildlife, and then it motored away.
Perry, who had been operating the sailboat under motor power, was thrown off the boat into the water when the motorboat struck. Stastny was standing near the entrance to the cabin and was knocked into the cabin. The motorboat sped away after the incident while Stastny fished Perry out of the water and then called 911. The U.S. Coast Guard came and picked them up, took the pair to the hospital and towed the damaged vessel to shore.
Perry was hospitalized in serious condition in the intensive care unit at University of Texas at Galveston Medical Branch Hospital. Stastny was also hospitalized but with less serious injuries, according to the release.
After talking to boat owners at the Galveston Yacht Basin (If you want to know what's going on, talking to the guys on the docks is always the best way to find out), game wardens believe they've tracked down the motorboat involved in the incident. On Monday night, they were questioning two people believed to have been on the boat at the time of the accident, according to KHOU. (And yes, in case you're wondering, being looked for and then questioned by the game wardens is never a good thing.)
The fictional TV world, where entire plot lines revolve around this kind of thing, always makes it sound like guilt is the worst consequence of not fessing up when you're involved in a hit and run of any kind -- and it is a pretty lowdown, dirty thing to do, just driving off and leaving after an accident, especially a boating accident since, you know, boats with giant holes in them tend to sink -- but, in this case, there could also be charges for the two people authorities believe were on the motorboat when it struck the sailboat on Sunday. Failing to stop and help out after a boating accident is a third-degree felony.