Surveillance Video Released in Dania Beach Boat Crash

Prosecutors say the boat's driver didn't do enough to help her boyfriend, who died before rescue crews could arrive.

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    Marcella Hewett's lawyer is speaking, saying there is still a lot to be investigated in the case of the woman accused of waiting 24 minutes to call for help after her boyfriend was injured in a boat crash. NBC 6's Ari Odzer reports. (Published Wednesday, April 30, 2014)

    Newly released surveillance video shows a fatal Dania Beach boat crash and, police say, the bizarre behavior of the boat driver following the accident.

    Officials said 50-year-old Marcella Hewett was driving the boat when it crashed into a piling on the Old Griffin Bridge in December of last year. Her passenger, 58-year-old boyfriend David Duda, was critically injured and did not survive the crash.

    Surveillance Video Released in Fatal Boat Crash

    [MI] Surveillance Video Released in Fatal Boat Crash
    New surveillance video shows the moments after a fatal boat crash. NBC 6's Ari Odzer reports. (Published Tuesday, April 29, 2014)

    Prosecutors now say Hewett, who they say was intoxicated, didn't do enough to help Duda following the crash.

    The video allegedly shows Hewett docking the boat at a nearby house, petting the dogs who were in the backyard and walking around the property. Investigators said Hewett did not try to ask for help and waited 24 minutes to call 911 following the crash.

    Hewett's lawyer Fred Haddad told NBC 6's Ari Odzer that he is pursuing all avenues in her defense, but cannot yet comment on what that video shows and doesn't show, saying they are still investigating the circumstances of that day.

    "There's some issues with a lot of the case, I will say that, there's issues here," Haddad said.

    Hewett is charged with boating under the influence, vessel homicide and tampering with physical evidence.