Minot man charged in fatal boating incident
MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A Minot man faces misdemeanor charges for a boating incident that killed a 10-year-old girl.
The Minot Daily News reports 41-year-old Dean Bartsch was charged Wednesday with prohibited operation of personal watercraft. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail and a $1,500 fine.
Authorities say Bartsch operated a Jet Ski without properly securing the vehicle’s engine cutoff lanyard to himself.
Haley Sundsbak died June 10 from injuries suffered the day before in a collision on Strawberry Lake. Sundsbak and another girl were on an inner tube being pulled by a boat. Bartsch’s unmanned Jet Ski struck the inner tube shortly after he was thrown from the watercraft. The other girl suffered critical injuries, but survived.
Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com