Naples Boating Accident: Charter Boat Captain Faces Criminal Charges and Personal Injury Lawsuit After Striking Swimmer

by Carmen Dellutri on August 3, 2011

Naples personal injury attorneyThe charter boat captain who struck a swimmer, severing his leg, at Vanderbilt Beach in February is facing a Florida personal injury lawsuit along with charges of reckless and careless operation of his boat, the Marco Eagle reports.

A report by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials indicates that Brandon M. Ruganis, 34, was operating a 22-foot 2004 Pathfinder on his way to the Ritz-Carlton Naples Beach Resort on February 26, when he struck Rosario R. Pucciarelli, 69, of Naples Park.

According to his Florida personal injury lawsuit, Pucciarelli was in a designated swim area at the time of the accident. At that point, “Ruganis accelerated the boat at a high and dangerous speed, made an abrupt U-turn and caused the boat to strike and collide with (Ruganis),” according to the suit.

In addition to the personal injury lawsuit, Ruganis faces to two citations by the FWC. One citation accuses him of a second-degree misdemeanor charge of violation of Florida Statue by not looking out and not maintaining a safe speed. The other was for reckless operation of the boat, which is a first-degree misdemeanor.

As we have previously mentioned on this blog, reckless operation is defined as defined as operating a boat in “willful or wanton disregard for the safety of person or property at a speed or in a manner as to endanger, or likely to endanger life or limb.”

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Florida boating accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced injury attorneys for a free consultation.


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