​Sodus Boat Crash Caused By Intoxicated Teen

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July 7, 2013

A Sodus Bay teenager was arrested after driving a boat drunk before a crash into a break wall near Lyons, New York. The boat was driven by 19-year-old Tyler J. Ocwieja of Webster, as he went for a drive following a fireworks show.

The wall is built out of stone and concrete, and the teen hurt himself and the three other people on the boat.

He was accompanied by three friends, one of whom was thrown out of the boat. 18-year-old Liam E. Wheatley of Penfield slammed into the wall and broke his ankle. He was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital and he has already been released.

Michael A. Dodge, 19, of Webster, and Nicholas C. Pizzicuto, 19, of Penfield, were also on the boat. They only suffered minor injuries and paramedics treated them on the spot.

The Wayne County fire department and the U.S. Coast Guard were on the scene helping out the teenagers. Ocwieja has been arrested after the incident.

He was charged on several counts, for refusing to take a breathalyzer test and reckless operation of the boat.

He was also charged with driving the vessel faster than 5 mph within 100 feet of shore. He is facing counts of reckless endangerment for jeopardizing the lives of his friends.

Several July 4 accidents followed the boating crash in Sodus Bay. As we wrote, 34 people were injured when fireworks went off on the ground in Simi Valley, California.

“The fireworks were so close you could see them on the ground. [...] It never happens this way. People were screaming,” witness Annisa Wynn described.