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Newtown Man Charged In Fatal Boat Collision On Lake Zoar

A Newtown man was charged in connection with a July collision on Lake Zoar that killed a Sandy Hook man Photo Credit: State Of Connecticut
Randall Pineau died in a boating accident on Lake Zoar. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- A 55-year-old Newtown man has been charged in connection with a boating collision on Lake Zoar this summer that killed a Sandy Hook man.

The accident took place July 11 when 52-year-old Randall Pineau of Sandy Hook was operating a pontoon boat on the lake in the area of Mohawk Trail in Sandy Hook. His vessel was hit by a ski boat operated by 55-year-old Mark Rudzinski of Newtown, according to state officials.

The collision took place at around 9:30 p.m. Pineau was taken by ambulance to Danbury Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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Rudzinksi was arrested and charged with violations of rules for preventing collisions, failure to keep proper lookout, and first-degree reckless boating, according to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Environmental Conservation Police. He was released on $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 31.

There were a total of six people aboard the two vessels – four on the pontoon boat operated by Pineau and two on the ski boat operated by Rudzinski.

Pineau's wife, Katherine, suffered minor injuries and was transported to the hospital, where she was treated and released.

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