July 29, 2013 in Nation/World

Best man’s body pulled from Hudson River

Bride also killed in collision with barge; boat pilot charged
Jim Fitzgerald Associated Press
 
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Piermont, N.Y., rescuers search Sunday for Mark Lennon, 30, who was missing after a Friday night boating accident in the Hudson River. His body was found later.
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PIERMONT, N.Y. – A day after a bride-to-be was pulled dead from the Hudson River, the body of her fiance’s best man was found a mile downstream Sunday, the second victim of a nighttime crash involving a speedboat and a barge north of New York City.

The deadly collision left the groom-to-be grieving for his intended and his best friend, while facing surgery for his own injuries as another friend is charged with manslaughter – two weeks before the wedding day.

“I don’t think you can put words to what we have to tell these families,” Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco said as he announced that a body believed to be that of Mark Lennon, 30, the best man, was found Sunday morning.

At the church where Lindsey Stewart and Brian Bond, both 30, would have been married Aug. 10, the pastor said their lives “were filled with hopes and dreams, and that has been snuffed away.”

Stewart, Bond, Lennon and three others were on a speedboat that crashed Friday night into a barge holding equipment for the construction of a replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge.

Police said the boat was piloted by Jojo John, 35, of Nyack, whom they suspect was intoxicated and who has been charged with vehicular manslaughter and vehicular assault.

Stewart and Lennon were thrown off the boat. When the bodies were found, they did not have life vests on, said Sheriff’s Department Chief William Barbera.

Bond, John and two others, whose names have not been made public because they are witnesses, were injured and hospitalized.

One of the witnesses has been released from the hospital, Falco said Sunday. Mitchell Turk, a friend of Bond’s family, said Bond would be undergoing surgery on Monday.

Falco said the body believed to be Lennon’s was discovered by a person on a recreational watercraft who then called 911.

The sheriff said the barge’s lighting would be part of the investigation.

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