Walter S. Krupinski, 81, dead after 20- and 60-foot vessels collide near Watch Hill Yacht Club in Westerly, Rhode Island
The Westerly Sun reports that the state Department of Environmental Management found that 76-year-old Cooper Bacon, of Cape May, New Jersey, should have changed course or slowed down to avoid 81-year-old Walter Krupinski’s boat.
Jim Martin, spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Providence, confirms that the U.S. Coast Guard asked the office to review the September crash off Westerly, which killed 80-year-old Walter Krupinski, of Stonington.
According to the Westerly Sun, the Traffic Court Magistrate Domenic DiSandro says he will review testimony and other evidence submitted to make a decision at a later date.
A New Jersey yacht captain must surrender his merchant marine license and passport as he awaits trial for seaman's manslaughter in the September 2015 death of an 81-year-old man in waters off Westerly.