April 30, 1996 in City

Man Charged After Daughter Drowns

From Staff And Wire Reports

A Canadian man whose daughter drowned and son barely survived when the family car rolled down a boat ramp was charged Monday with second-degree manslaughter.

Edwin Crisp Jr., 33, of Vancouver, British Columbia, and his common law wife, Tracy Keating, said the 15-year-old car’s reverse gear was not working, so they set it in neutral and tried to push the vehicle up the ramp.

Instead, it rolled down the ramp and into about 8 feet of water.

Island County Sheriff Owen Burt said preliminary tests did not indicate any problem with the reverse gear or the brakes.

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