VIDEO: ‘Homicide investigation’ continues into Florida boat crash


Investigators continue to try to piece together how four people died and several more were critically injured July 4 in a Biscayne Bay crash, combing all three boats involved and looking for clues.

Meanwhile, the Miami-Dade County medical examiner’s office confirmed to the Miami Herald that autopsies have been completed on three of the victims: 23-year-old Andrew Garcia, who was piloting the 32-foot Contender center console that T-boned a 36-foot Carrera and also struck a Boston Whaler, and his two passengers, Kelsie Karpiak, 24, and Victoria Dempsey, 20. The body of Jason Soleimani, 23, who was aboard the Carrera, has been released to his family in New York.

Larry Cameron, operations director at the medical examiner’s office, declined to release the causes of death because of the active Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission investigation.

FWC spokesman Jorge Pino said Monday there was evidence of alcohol on board the Contender. He said his agency’s investigators must also examine other physical evidence, including the extent of damage, the vessels’lights and instrument panels and personal belongings on board. Coast Guard personnel will analyze information from the vessels’GPS units, which trace their paths through the bay. No arrests have been made.

“This is a homicide investigation,”Pino said. “It is tedious, lengthy and detailed. Innocent lives were lost and someone was responsible for that. What we need to figure out is who is responsible for causing this accident.”

Heather Hanono was planning to marry Soleimani, who died that night. Hanono’s mother spoke out to Local [Miami] 10 about their devastated plans to move to New York City together.


G.G. Schmitt Names Business Unit Director

Ross Kennedy joins the Patrick Industries-owned marine hardware manufacturer.

Marine Connection Opens New Complex

The waterfront location in Aventura is the company’s seventh Florida retail and service facility.

Shockwave Unveils New Suspension Module

The S6 module has an integrated height adjustment and can be paired with any seat that has a common bolt pattern.

Industry Mourns Paul Fletcher

Fletcher, who founded Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Co. in 1975, was 77.

New Leadership at Roscioli Yachting Center

OneWater Marine has been named James Brewer managing director of the facility.

PressureMate Introduces On-Board Pressure Washer

The 12-volt system has a patent-pending plunger design that produces 600 psi of pressure.

ABYC Introduces Entry-Level Certification

The Marine Service Technology program now includes a year-end exam to help launch students into marine-industry careers.