Law enforcement agencies in north Palm Beach County are searching for a man whom police say was operating a 23-foot boat on the Intracoastal Waterway Saturday night, when it collided with an illuminated channel marker. The impact caused severe head injuries for one of the passengers on board.
Kai Woodstock, 26, of Jupiter, who was flown by helicopter to St. Mary’s Medical Center after the accident, which occurred around 9:46 p.m., according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Investigators say the boat operator fled the crash scene and had not been located nearly 24 hours later.
According to Jupiter police, the boat’s operator, 21-year-old Timothy Doran, also of Jupiter, took off on foot after the accident and was still wanted for questioning early Monday. Alcohol was believed to be a factor in the incident, police said.
Doran’s parents, who live in Jupiter, said they had heard about the crash but had no idea their son was involved, nor did they know that law enforcement was looking for him. His parents said their son does not live at their home.
Woodstock was one of five passengers in the boat. Another, 25-year-old Eric Conerly of Jupiter, suffered minor injuries.
It is not known whether Doran was injured. He was not the owner of the boat, according to FWC, which has kept the boat and its contents as evidence. The agency is investigating.