Skip to main content

The Journal Gazette

  • Effinger

Monday, July 02, 2018 1:29 pm

Lake Gage boater pleads guilty in motorboat incident

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A Fort Wayne woman who caused a boating accident last year that left several people injured – two badly – pleaded guilty to felony criminal recklessness.
 
Dominique Effinger, 21, had been charged with a list of other charges including two felony counts of operating a motorboat with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher. A plea agreement was filed last week, court records show.
 
The criminal recklessness charge carries a penalty of up to 2 1/2 years in prison.
 
The speedboat Effinger was driving went out of control July 15, 2017, on Lake Gage in Steuben county, according to a probable cause affidavit.
 
One passenger in the boat suffered an arm injury officials described as a partial amputation. Another had skull fractures and other broken bones.
 
For more on this story, see Tuesday's print edition of The Journal Gazette or return to www.journalgazette.net after 1 a.m. Tuesday.