Driver in Fatal Wedding Party Boat Crash Was Allegedly Drunk

Rescue workers on boats search near a construction barge on the Hudson River in Piermont, N.Y. on Saturday, July 27, 2013, south of the Tappan Zee Bridge for two people who are believed to have fallen into the water during a boat crash. Two people are missing and four others are injured after their boat struck the barge, center, according to the Coast Guard. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Photo: Julio Cortez/AP/Corbis

The man driving the boat that crashed into a barge near the Tappan Zee Bridge in July, killing bride-to-be Lindsey Stewart and best man Mark Lennon, has been indicted on eighteen charges, including vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, and operating a vessel under the influence. Authorities say driver Jojo John's blood-alcohol level was 0.15, nearly twice the legal limit, and cocaine was found in his system. The defense is challenging the toxicology results, and said there's "substantial evidence" that the accident was caused by inadequate lighting on the barges. Surprisingly, the victims' families agree, at least partially. "We are disappointed that the office of the District Attorney focused its attention on the behavior of Jojo John to the exclusion of anyone else," the families said in a statement. "We continue to believe that the owners and operators of the barges where this accident happened share responsibility for the happening of this accident."