The operator of a boat that was taking an engaged couple and four of their friends on the Hudson River when it struck a barge Friday night has been arrested, police said Saturday after a body believed to be that of the bride-to-be was found.
“We have probable cause to believe that he operated the boat while intoxicated,” said Robert Van Cura, undersheriff of the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office.
The boat operator, Jojo K. John, 35, of Nyack, New York, was arraigned at an area hospital on one count of first-degree vehicular manslaughter and three counts of second-degree vehicular assault, Van Cura told reporters.
More charges are possible, he said.
John, like the three others who remained inside the boat after it crashed, suffered head injuries in the crash, Van Cura said. He said that the operator was not the registered owner of the boat, which may have more than one owner.