Florida man arrested in fatal wave runner crash

Crash killed East Aurora man over Labor Day weekend

Tom Puckett
September 10, 2019 - 2:23 pm

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP/WBEN) — Authorities have filed a manslaughter charge against a Florida man who ran a speeding motorboat over a water scooter, killing a tourist from East Aurora.

Thirty-five-year-old Jesse Mayer of Redington Beach was arrested Monday at his lawyer's office in the Aug. 31 death of 56-year-old Robert Krysztofowicz. Charges include boating-under-the-influence manslaughter, vessel homicide, reckless operation of a vehicle and violation of navigation rules.

The Tampa Bay Times reports Mayer's speedboat struck Krysztofowicz in a no-wake zone of the Intracoastal Waterway.

Pinellas Sheriff's Cpl. Jessica Mackesy says a sudden storm was rolling in and Mayer was trying to outrun it.

Krysztofowicz was visiting Florida from East Aurora.

Mayer was released on bond.

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