The Dutchess County Sheriffâ€™s Office reports some updates to the quadruple-fatal boat crash investigation from July 10, 2011, which occurred on the Hudson River near the Dutchess/Columbia County lines.
The investigation into this incident is essentially complete, says officials, and the findings have revealed that the operator of the vessel at the time of the crash was Jay Binns (age 41 of Kingston NY). The determination that Mr. Binns had been operating the boat at the time of the crash comes as the result of interviews with the survivors/fellow occupants, the findings of the Dutchess County Medical Examiner, and the findings of accident reconstruction personnel. The injuries suffered by Mr. Binns in the crash are consistent with him having been the operator, and investigation into possible alcohol use has revealed that he was in fact intoxicated at the time of the crash (blood alcohol content of .23%). Both of the survivors have been released from the hospitals where they were being treated, and are recuperating from injuries that include broken jaws and neurological conditions. Investigation has also revealed that Mr. Binns is an acquaintance of the boatâ€™s registered owner, and that he had permission to have the boat when the crash occurred.
As previously stated the investigation into this crash is essentially complete, with the contributing factors of the crash being Mr. Binnsâ€™ intoxication as well as reckless operation of the vessel (which includes unsafe speed and operating outside of the waterwayâ€™s navigable channel). The investigation into the causes of the crash was conducted by members of the Dutchess County Sheriffâ€™s Office Detective Division, as well as the Dutchess County Sheriffâ€™s Office Marine Patrol with the assistance of the New York State Park Police. The Sheriffâ€™s Office would like to thank the NYS Park Police, the Columbia County Sheriffâ€™s Office, and the Ulster County Sheriffâ€™s Office for their valuable assistance during this investigation.