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26MayGeorgia Department of Natural Resources spokesperson Melissa Cummings tells LakeAllatoona.com that an 18-year-old white male, accompanied by his father, went to the Hall County Detention Center to voluntarily issue a “statement of involvement” in the hit and run boating accident that happened on Lake Lanier late Friday night, May 24, 2013. Two unidentified people — a 23-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman — were on a Sea-Doo personal watercraft that was struck by an unidentified boat. The two victims suffered facial injuries and the woman incurred injuries to her foot and hand. The boat that hit them left the scene of the accident. Details are sketchy, but the young man’s father heard about the accident on the radio, noticed damage to his boat and confronted his son — who admitted to hitting something, but says he did not see or hear anything. The unidentified young man had minor cuts on his arm. According to the DNR, “being that he was injured … and taking on water he proceeded to the boat ramp at Old Federal Park (Hall Co) to take the boat out.” The investigation is ongoing. Thus far we have no news of charges being filed or arrests being made. “You always think something else is going on if you fled the scene,” said Sgt. Mike Burgamy of the Department of Natural Resources. “Why would you flee the scene knowing you just hit somebody and more than likely they’re going to be injured?” We will learn many more details in the days and weeks ahead. Lives will never be the same. Accidents happen. People panic. Our first natural reaction in danger is to flee. We understand that. But when people are hurt in an accident, we must overcome our natural tendencies and think of others, not ourselves. We have no idea to what degree this young man is involved. One thing is certain. When a father perceives that his son might be in trouble, you run toward the law, not from it. This father, in my humble opinion, did the right thing. May more fathers help their familes do what is right … before, during or after tragedies strike.
Accident DetailsGriffin’s 9-year-old brother, Jake, died from massive injuries sustained when the boats collided. A pontoon boat carrying individuals from four families in Gwinnett County was traveling in the Shoal Creek area near Buford Dam. In spite of having its lights on, their boat was hit head-on by a speeding center-console fishing boat. The fishing boat left the scene following the accident. Killed in the wreck was nine-year-old Jake Prince of Buford. Jake’s 13-year-old brother, Griffin Prince, was also on the pontoon boat at the time of the crash. Griffin went missing following the accident. The father of the two boys, Michael Prince, was driving the pontoon boat that was carrying four adults and nine children. Five passengers on the pontoon boat who were thrown into the water by the collision – including Mrs. Prince – were treated for minor injuries and released from Gainesville’s Northeast Georgia Medical Center. The outstanding response from the Hall County Fire Department, Gwinnett and Forsyth County authorities, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, brought 11 people safely to shore. Witnesses at the scene gave police a description of the fishing boat involved in the deadly hit-and-run. According to DNR sources, the DNR ranger who responded to the accident saw the fishing boat that struck the pontoon boat as the fishing boat entered Bald Ridge Marina in Forsyth County. After confirming the description of the boat that left the scene, investigators went back to the marina. They found the fishing boat believed to be the one that fled the fatal accident and made an arrest. DNR officials said 44-year-old Paul J. Bennett of Cumming, GA – a licensed cosmetologist who owns Paul Bennett Studio in Johns Creek – was charged with boating under the influence (BUI). More charges, including homicide by vessel and failing to give aid, are being considered.Bennett is free on $5,000 bail pending an August 15, 2012, first-appearance hearing in Hall County Magistrate Court. Two other people, including one woman, were on the boat when the arrest took place, but were not immediately charged. They may face charges as the investigation continues. Again, our gratitude goes out to all who helped in this recovery effort and for those who prayed that no one else would be lost in the effort.
21JunTwo brothers, Griffin and Jake Prince, were lost in a tragic boat wreck on Lake Lanier, Monday, June 18, 2012. They are gone but not forgotten. Family and friends created a Facebook page to preserve Griffin and Jake Prince’s memory. A portion of the memorial site says: “Griffin and Jake Prince were two of the most special and unique souls that God ever put on this earth. They were taken too early from us on June 18, 2012. This is a place to celebrate their lives and all of the fun memories we have of them. Please upload any picture, videos or stories you wish to share. They will always be a part of our lives and forever in our hearts.” We encourage you to send your condolences and prayers to the family for their stunning loss.