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Matthew Jones,76, Dies After Boat Collision On St. Lucie River

One of the boaters involved in a boat collision on the St. Lucie River, 76-year-old Matthew Jones has died.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said 76-year-old Matthew Jones of Jensen Beach died from injuries sustained in the two boat collision near channel marker 17 in Sandsprit Park.

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Two boats collided less than a mile from Sandsprit Park, sending two people to the hospital, according to Martin County Fire Rescue. Matthew Jones was one of the three people in a 21-foot boat going northbound on the river when it collided with a 17-foot boat going south, FWC investigators said. Patrick Smith, 76, and the operator, 74-year-old Anthony Rego, all of Jensen Beach, were also in the boat.

Rego, and the operator of the southbound boat, 79-year-old Reynold Miranda, went to the hospital with injuries. Jones died at Martin Memorial Hospital.


Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious boat collision. We wish the victims a speedy recovery and hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”

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