Hudson River boating accident: Bride-to-be presumed dead, best man still missing; Boat operator arrested

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PIERMONT, NEW YORK (PIX11) – 35-year-old JoJo K John of Nyak is charged with one count of vehicular man slaughter and three counts of vehicular assault.  Police believe John was drinking prior to the accident which may have led to the death of a bride-to-be and the best man from the wedding.

Stewart, her fiancé, Brian Bond, and their best man were among six passengers on a boat headed to Tarrytown Friday night when they crashed into one of three barges tied together for construction work on the Tappan Zee Bridge.  And police now say Jojo John a friend of the couple may have been responsible for the accident.

Officials say Bond, the groom-to-be called 911 after the accident.

He and three of the passengers were taken to area hospitals with multiple injuries including broken bones but are expected to be okay.

Stewart and best man Mark Lennon were thrown from the boat.

Nearly 15 hours later, just before 1 o’clock, a marine unit recovered a female body believed to be the bride.

Officials were waiting on the medical examiner to confirm the woman’s identity.

Despite a massive search effort by air and sea, Lennon remains missing.

Police have suspended the search for the night but will resume in the morning.

The New York State Thruway Authority said the barge was lit at the time of the accident.

But experienced boaters say even with the lights the barges are difficult to see at night.

“So someone could be trolling along pretty good and I hate to say it just ram right into one of them,” said boater Tom Reagan.

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