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Readers ask: What about boater responsibility?



[A plane lands at Albert Whitted Airport, right, near the jetty that a boat with four teenagers crashed into Friday night, killing one. James Borchuck | Times]

Authorities say there have been at least four boat crashes in the waters off Albert Whitted Airport in the last four years — three of them involving the same jetty wall that was hit Friday night. That crash killed 17-year-old Paige Alyssa Davison, a St. Petersburg High School senior, and injured four of her friends.

Paige The accident that killed Davison will be under investigation for weeks. Speed and alcohol may be factors. But now the jetty wall itself is under scrutiny, too, explains Jamal Thalji in today's St. Petersburg Times.

The story is the most discussed and one of the most popular on today. Many readers are asking why an investigation is being launched with only four accidents involving the jetty in 80 years. Take a look at what readers are saying, then share your thoughts:

"I guess personal responsibility is a thing of the past," wrote T from St. Pete.

BroElio from Trinity wrote: "Drinking, youth, lack of knowledge, dark night all spell possible danger. The responsibility would appear to be the operator, not the object he ran into."

"Still haven't read anything to prove that this is a hazard to sober boaters," wrote Mike from St. Pete

Still, others welcomed the investigation into the jetty. Lauren from St. Pete wrote: "Why would anyone who lives here question that? Good for you Gov. Crist! Thank you for caring about our city. RIP Paige."

[Last modified: Monday, May 24, 2010 3:58pm]


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