Victims’ families angered over JoJo John indictment in Hudson River crash

John, of Nyack, was indicted on 18 counts yesterday after toxicology reports showed his blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit when he was operating the boat that crashed in the Hudson in July. (11/8/13)

NYACK - The families and friends of the victims killed in the Hudson River boat crash are outraged today over the indictment of JoJo John.

John, of Nyack, was indicted on 18 counts yesterday after toxicology reports showed his blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit when he was operating the boat that crashed in the Hudson in July. The report said he also had cocaine in his system.

The boat rammed into a Tappan Zee Constructors barge, killing bride-to-be Lindsey Stewart and her groom's best man, Mark Lennon.

Photos | Full Coverage: Boat crash on the Hudson

Robert Weyrauch says his grandson was sitting next to John when he crashed the boat, taking video with his phone that shows the barges were poorly lit. Family members of those who were killed also blame poor lighting for the tragic incident.

"Not only was the lighting on the barges insufficient or non-existent on the night of this accident but the contractors using the barges were warned in advance of this tragedy that boaters operating at night in the vicinity of the Tappan Zee Bridge could not see the barges," said the Lennon and Stewart-Kiosk families in a joint statement.

John's lawyers told News 12 that they will fight the charges in court. They say they have a substantial amount of evidence, including testimony from witnesses, that show the barges weren't properly lit.

For interview with grandfather of survivor of Rockland boat crash, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612. 

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