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Boat driver charged with fleeing after striking swimmer

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Posted at 7:31 AM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 07:51:17-04

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — An Ohio man driving a boat near a southwest Florida beach has been charged with fatally striking a swimmer and fleeing the scene, officials said.

James Allen, 77, was arrested Thursday afternoon and charged with leaving the scene of an accident with serious injury or death, according to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission news release.

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Allen was operating a Boston Whaler near the Vanderbilt Road Public Beach in Naples, FWC said. The boat hit Onofrio Sozio, 57, who later died from his injuries.

Allen was arrested a short time after the crash at a nearby boat ramp, officials said. He was being held on $5,000 bond. Jail records didn't list an attorney.