Source: Indiana Department of Natural Resources
March 31, 2017-According to a news release from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR), a Lake Village man has been charged with reckless homicide after a fatal boat crash which occurred last summer. DNR officials say that Tony Gibson, 42 of Lake Village, was operating his 42’ Fountain Powerboat on July 22-23, 2016, when it collided with the break wall near Arcelor Mittal Steel Mill in East Chicago, IN. Two passengers on the boat, Richard A. Wade, of Hammond, and Timothy P. Dunlap, of Lynwood, died as a result of the crash. “Today, Gibson was booked into the Lake County Jail on multiple charges including: Operating a Motor Boat while Intoxicated Resulting in Death (2 Counts), Reckless Homicide (2 Counts), Criminal Recklessness (2 Counts), Operating a Motorboat while Intoxicated, Speeding, and Exceeding the Nighttime Speed Limit of 10 MPH” according to the written statement from DNR.
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