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Boat, bridge accident proves fatal

APRIL 13 — A Florida woman was killed Saturday night when the 41-foot trawler she was on struck a bridge in Fort Lauderdale.

Frances E. Strock, who was 75, was taken to Broward GeneralMedicalCenter after the accident but later died, news reports say. The boat, the S.S. Minnow, struck the Third Avenue drawbridge, which was unopened, at about 10 p.m.

“You just … I mean … I just don’t know how to describe it,” Strock’s husband, Arthur Strock, 78, says in a report. “It’s the most traumatic thing I’ve ever in my life seen, to see my wife laying there crumpled up like a rag doll.”

Robert Raymond, who is 42, owns and was piloting the boat with the Strocks and 12 other passengers on board for a birthday party, reports say. According to authorities Raymond believed he had enough room to clear the closed drawbridge.

“Some piece didn’t quite make it under the bridge and came crashing down, and the lady was struck and killed,” Fort Lauderdale Police Department detective Kathy Collins says in a report.

Another passenger, 62-year-old Lois Shi, was also injured in the accident, according to a report. She was taken to an area hospital where she reportedly received 12 stitches. Raymond’s boat was being held at a police forensics lab for tests.

— Jason Fell