Report: Speed, experience played role in raceboat accident

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Two men killed in a high-speed crash on Florida's Lake Dora in March had not raced in more than 15 years, which was a contributing factor in the accident, according to a state investigation.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the skills of the two men — 64-year-old Charles “Chuck” Woodruff of Jensen Beach and 73-year-old Dea Wiseley of Sun City Center — were not as sharp as they could have been, especially at the speeds at which the boats were being operated, according to a report in the Orlando Sun-Sentinel.

Woodruff and Wiseley were both driving 19-foot hydroplanes March 18 during a Classic Race Boat Association event near Wooton Park in Tavares. Woodruff reportedly was driving about 100 mph when he struck Wiseley's starboard stern area, according to the report.

Woodruff's boat went airborne and hit Wiseley; Woodruff was ejected, the report said.

State investigators will not file charges.

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