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Investigation into fatal accident at OPA Point Pleasant Beach Race

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patch.com  are reporting that the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office hope to interview the driver of the Repeat Offender about the accident that took the life of his crew mate during the Point Pleasant Beach Grand Prix on Sunday.

David Raabe, 38, who was on throttles, died when Smith Brothers collided with his boat, James Byrnes, the driver of Repeat Offender, was unable to be interviewed yesterday due to his injuries.

Al Della Fave, a spokesman for the Prosecutor’s Office said;

He is now stable and recovering.
There are witness interviews still to be completed and boat mechanicals will be examined

The Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement Sunday night that;

Repeat Offender was ‘at fault’ after a preliminary investigation, however it’s unclear why Repeat Offender turned directly in front of Smith Brothers.

Della Fave explained;

Smith Brothers was crewed by Peter and Richard Smith, struck Repeat Offender while in a turn.

Both Raabe and Byrne were stuck by the hull of Smith Brothers as it passed over the top of them.

Both men were wearing full helmets. Raabe sustained serious head injuries and was pronounced dead at 1:22 p.m. Byrne suffered serious injuries and was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center.

According to the statement;

Repeat Offender, crossed directly in front of Smith Brothers for an ‘unknown reason’.

When the boats collided, both occupants on Smith Brothers were ejected.

The vessel sank and has not yet been recovered. Both brothers refused medical attention although they were transported to Ocean Care Center, where they each consented to a provide blood samples.

Della Fave concluded;

Both Smith brothers provided a taped statement at the Point Pleasant Beach Police Department.

Photo: Andrew Mills / NJ Advance Media

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John Moore

John raced Offshore UIM Class 3 in the 1980’s & 1990’s.
He served as the Cowes Torquay Cowes Event Director for 4 years, including running the 50 th Anniversary Event in 2010.
He has recently organised 4 British Offshore races under UKOPRA sanction.
He is the Editor of Powerboat Racing World.

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