The man accused of crashing a powerboat into a barge this summer on New York’s Hudson River, killing a bride-to-be and her fiancé’s best man, told rescuers he’d been “drinking all day,” a prosecutor said Wednesday.
Rockland County Assistant District Attorney Stephen Moore made the disclosure during the arraignment of Jojo John, 35. John pleaded not guilty to all 18 counts against him, including vehicular manslaughter and operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The July crash, which occurred about 30 miles north of Manhattan, killed Lindsey Stewart of Piermont and Mark Lennon of Pearl River, both 30. Stewart’s wedding was two weeks away.
If convicted of manslaughter, John could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.