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Report: Pepin Academies director had alcohol in his system at time of fatal boating accident

Craig Butz, executive director of Pepin Academies and former professional hockey player, died in a crash with a boat on Sept. 23. His daughter Teagan, 4, is reportedly in stable condition.
Craig Butz, executive director of Pepin Academies and former professional hockey player, died in a crash with a boat on Sept. 23. His daughter Teagan, 4, is reportedly in stable condition.
Published Nov. 21, 2017

CLEARWATER — The former Pepin Academies executive director who died in a watercraft and boat collision on Sept. 23 had a blood-alcohol level nearly twice the level at which the state presumes someone is impaired, a toxicology report showed.

Just before 5 p.m. on Sept. 23, Craig Butz was killed and his 4-year-old daughter critically injured after the water scooter they were riding collided with a boat on the Intracoastal Waterway near Clearwater Beach. Results from a Nov. 2 toxicology report from the Medical Examiners Office shows his blood-alcohol level was 0.156 when he died. No other drugs or substances were reported.

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"If you're operating a motor vehicle at that level, you would be charged with DUI," said Bill Pellan, director of investigations for the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner's Office. Florida presumes someone is impaired at 0.08

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is still investigating the incident, spokeswoman Melody Kilborn said. She also said Teagan, Butz' daughter, is in stable condition.

Contact Melissa Gomez at mgomez@tampabay.com. Follow @melissagomez004.