BRONX, NY- The nypost.com reports that a man was killed in a Jet Ski crash in the Bronx on Tuesday, August 27, 2018. The 30-year-old man driving the Jet Ski and his passenger, a 26-year-old woman, were both ejected when then the Jet Ski crashed into a docked boat at about 9:20 p.m.
The driver struck his head in the collision, and the passenger injured her leg. They were transported to the Jacobi Medical Center for treatment, but the man was pronounced dead at the hospital. The woman is reportedly in critical condition.
A 31-year-old man was on the boat performing maintenance and cleaning when the accident occurred. The man on the boat did not sustain any injuries in the collision.
Jet Ski and personal watercraft accidents cause a number of fatalities in the United States every year. In 2012, some high-profile accidents, including one involving the R&B singer Usher’s 11-year-old step-son and another involving Alan Poindexter, a retired astronaut, caused people to question the safety of these vehicles. While there are few restrictions on jet skis, it is important to remember that they are capable of traveling over 60 miles per hour. Accidents can have serious consequences, and since they are often operated by inexperienced drivers, the chances of accidents happening are quite high.
According to ucgboating.org, 46 people died in personal watercraft deaths in the United States in 2016, and again in 2017. Last year and the previous year showed an increase in fatal personal watercraft accidents. In 2015, the total number of people killed was 33. Of course, in addition to fatal accidents, there were hundreds of accidents each year that caused injuries. In 2017, 624 people were injured in personal watercraft incidents.