Two Children Injured, One Man Killed In Highland Beach Crash. Daughter Says Another Boat Is To Blame…
BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher
HIGHLAND BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) EXCLUSIVE — The daughter of the man killed in a January 15th boat crash says Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission officers are not doing enough to figure out what happened.
In an exclusive interview with BocaNewsNow.com, Melanie Santos says her dad — 63 year old Richard Mineo of Delray Beach — died because of the actions of another boater. But that other boater, if he or she exists, has never been found.
“Why are they not investigating other boats or boaters?” asked Santos. “My dad was an expert boater. He respected those no wake zones. Someone else created wake and sped off.”
Mineo was driving his 12-year-old grandson and his grandson’s friend mid-day on January 15th in a 25-foot boat on the Intracoastal in Highland Beach. Authorities say Mineo “encountered wake and lost control” of the boat, eventually hitting a dock at high speed. Mineo and the two children were ejected. Mineo’s grandson rescued his friend but was unable to save his grandfather. The two children were treated and released from Delray Medical Center.
In the hours after the crash, Santos says both her son, and an independent witness, claimed separately that a black boat was speeding through the area and caused the wake that led Mineo’s boat to crash into the dock. She is furious that FWC investigators, responsible for open-water incidents, have not investigated the claim.
“I want justice and I want to know who caused the wake,” said Santos. “My father was top of his class (in boating school in his teens). He knew the water so well. He was always safe. FWC has only asked me for permission to take apart his boat (to check for mechanical issues).”
A spokesperson for Florida Fish and Wildlife did not respond to a request for comment on Wednesday. Santos says she will not rest until she learns what happened.
“Something happened that no one is talking about,” said Santos. “Why is FWC not investigating the other boat?”
Santos said her father routinely took his grandkids from the boat’s dock area in Delray Beach to Boca Raton and back.
“It relaxed him,” said Santos. “How did this go from a relaxing boat ride to tragic death?”
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