Daily Archives: February 22, 2009
This one pretty much speaks for itself, too:
Victim’s Family: Wrong man Charged
Lake County, CA. Feb. 19 – It’s very unusual in a manslaughter case for a victim’s family to speak out for the defendant. But that’s what’s happening in the fatal boat crash case in Clear Lake…
Lynn Thornton died after a horrible boat crash in April of 2006. She and her friends were wrapping up a sunset cruise — it was a still night with little wind — when a power boat roared out of the darkness, launching over the sailboat, snapping the mast and crushing the cabin.
The person driving the power boat was the No. 2 man in the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, Russell Perdock.
"Mr. Perdock just slammed into ‘em, he wasn’t paying attention and it resulted in the death of my sister," said Thomsen.
However, prosecutors ignored the speed of Perdock’s boat. He admitted going as fast as 45 miles an hour, and an independent investigation found that Perdock had broken the law by failing to maintain a safe speed.
They charged Thornton’s friend, who happened to be steering the sailboat at the time of the crash. He had been drinking, and prosecutors claimed the boat’s running lights were off…
In all, the (TV News) I-Team identified nine people — on the sailboat or on shore — who say the sailboat’s running lights, cabin lights, or both, were on.
Still, the man steering the sailboat at the time, Bismarck Dinius, faces felony charges of manslaughter and boating under the influence…
From the beginning, Perdock, the owner of the power boat, has refused to answer our questions and he declined to be interviewed for this report.
Now, the victim’s family members are letting their opinions be known.
"Russell Perdock got away with murder," said Thomsen.
Thornton’s brothers and sister-in-law have sent letters to the judge in the case, saying, "We are convinced beyond any doubt that Russell Perdock, and only Russell Perdock, is responsible for Lynn’s death…She would not have wanted the wrong person to be prosecuted…It’s obvious Perdock’s ridiculous speed was the cause of Lynn’s death."
(Thanks to David Baker)