CLEARWATER — A Redington Beach man was arrested Monday in connection to a man on a water scooter being run over by a boat and killed near Madeira Beach.
Jesse Mayer, 35, faces several charges, including BUI manslaughter, vessel homicide, child neglect, reckless operation of a vessel and violation of navigation rules. He was arrested at the law offices of Jay Hebert at 5250 Ulmerton Road at 4:17 p.m. and brought to the Pinellas County Jail.
The incident occurred on the afternoon of Aug. 31. Robert Krysztofowicz, 56, was operating his Yamaha WaveRunner northbound in a minimum-wake zone in the Intracoastal near Madeira Beach. Mayer, driving a Center Console Freeman boat, was traveling north at a “high rate of speed." He struck the rear of the water scooter and then drove over it, fatally injuring Krysztofowicz, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
Right before the crash occurred, a sudden storm was rolling in, deputies said. “(Mayer) was trying to go fast to outrun the storm, to get back quickly," said Cpl. Jessica Mackesy, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office.
Krysztofowicz, of East Aurora, N.Y., had been visiting the area on vacation. His large family was devastated by his sudden death.
“He has always been our No. 1 support system through all we did," said his daughter, Emily Krysztofowicz, 25.
Mayer was being held in the Pinellas County jail late Monday in lieu of $51,000 bail.