(PIX11) – The community of Pearl River is mourning as they prepare to bury bride-to-be Lydnsey Stewart who was killed in a boat crash in the Hudson River.
Her funeral mass is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at Good Shepard Lutheran Church, the same church she was going to married at just days from Thursday.
It has been several days since a 21-foot Stingray crashed into a construction barge on the Hudson River just beneath the Tappan Zee Bridge that claimed the life of Steward and best man Mark Lennon. Since the crash, the Rockland County Distrcit Attorney’s office has charged their friend and captain of the boat, Jojo John with vehicular manslaughter and vehicular assault. Three others, including Stewart’s fiance continued to heal from their injuries.
Mayor of Nyack Jen White confirmed to PIX11 this morning that back on July 7th, her office received a letter from a boater regarding the safety of the barge and poor lighting. White tells PIX11 her office forwarded that letter to the state. PIX11 has requested a copy of that letter.
In the meantime, the Coast Guard continues to say the barge was lit properly and has since added more safety lights since the crash. One of the passengers tells the Journal News that they did not even know what they hit when they crashed because of how dark it was outside.
Audio recordings from 911 dispatchers revealed several minutes of confusion Friday night, despite minutes ticking by as rescuers tried to locate the boat and the six passengers aboard.
The caller, one of the victims on the Stingray, also disclosed one victim was unconscious and that was Jojo John.
The families of Stewart and Lennon released a statement Wednesday, stating their families are shattered by the horrible accident but were quick to say alcohol should not solely be blamed and pointed to the construction barge and what they have called inadequate lighting.
The families have also urged the public and anyone familiar with the construction barge on or before July 26th to contact them through email@example.com.
The Rockland County District Attorney’s office has confirmed the existence of a cell phone video taken seconds before the boat crashed and also for some time after the crash. The DA’s office is still awaiting the results from toxicology reports and the medical examiner.