Dania Beach Boating Accident Leaves 1 Dead: FWC

By Justin Finch
|  Saturday, Dec 21, 2013  |  Updated 6:09 PM EDT
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One man died and a woman was injured after a boat crashed into a Dania Beach bridge piling Friday, authorities said.

One man died and a woman was injured after a boat crashed into a Dania Beach bridge piling Friday, authorities said.

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One man died and a woman was injured after a boat crashed into a Dania Beach bridge piling Friday, authorities said.

Officials identified the victims as 50-year-old Marcella Hewett and 58-year-old David Duda on Saturday.

An 18-foot-long Mariah model boat struck a piling on the Old Griffin Road bridge, with Duda dying as a result of the collision, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Jorge Pino said.

"There's a vessel that was heading westbound on the Dania Cutoff Canal, and tried to make a turn to go south on the C-10 Canal," Pino said.

Early indications suggested that the boat was speeding, in a no speeding zone, when it hit the bridge, and that Hewett was at the helm. But it was unclear what happened next.

Neighbors had said a woman, appearing dazed, was seen seeking help after the wreck. Somehow, the boat was tied up ashore, but it wasn't known if she steered it and secured it there.

Flashing lights flickered on Nathan Wills' end of Northwest 7th Street and 14th Avenue, where BSO and FWC officials responded to the fatal crash.

"How I found out about it was, I saw all the firefighters and emergency services out on the street," Wills said.

The injured woman was taken to Broward Health Medical Center.

Under the dark of night, the victim's body was taken in by personnel from the Broward medical examiner's office.

No one involved in the wreck was identified Friday night.

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