New Jersey Man Charged In Fatal Boat Accident

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New Jersey Man Charged In Fatal Boat Accident

6/16/08

Elkton, Maryland - The operator of the 42- foot motor vessel involved in a boating accident that claimed the life of a Pennsylvania woman almost a year ago has been charged in connection with her death.

The victim, Kristy Lynn Szewczak, 21, of Philadelphia, Pa. was transported to Christiana Hospital where she was pronounced dead Saturday evening, July 21, 2007.

A Grand Jury convened by the Cecil County State's Attorney held a hearing on this investigation on Thursday, May 22, 2008 and indicted Mark D. Rosati, 51, of Mount Laurel, N.J. On Monday, June 9, the Cecil County Sheriff's Office served Rosati with the indictment. He was released on his own personal recognizance.

Rosati is charged with manslaughter by vehicle or vessel, homicide by motor vehicle or vessel while under the influence of alcohol or under the influence of alcohol per se, homicide by motor vehicle or vessel while impaired by alcohol, operating vessel in a reckless or dangerous manner, reckless operation and negligent operation.

Shortly after 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2007, the Maryland Natural Resources Police responded to the Elk River near Town Point for a collision between a 42-foot motor vessel and a personal watercraft (PWC). Szewczak and Christopher J. Leight Jr., 30, of Warmingster, Pa. occupied the PWC. Szewczak was transported to Christiana Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Leight was flown to the University of Maryland R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in critical condition. Rosati and his five passengers were not injured.

The evidence and information developed by the Maryland Natural Resources Police during the investigation was presented to the office of Cecil County State's Attorney Christopher Eastridge. Eastridge presented the case to the Grand Jury and the indictment was handed down.

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The Maryland Natural Resources Police is the enforcement arm of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). With an authorized strength of 280 officers and a dedicated staff of civilian and volunteer personnel, the NRP provide a variety of services in addition to conservation and boating law enforcement duties throughout the State of Maryland. These services include homeland security, search and rescue, emergency medical services, education, information and communications services on a round the clock basis. NRP is the only police force aside from the Maryland State Police that has statewide jurisdiction.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly one-half million acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 12 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov

Media Contact:
Sgt. Ken Turner (410) 260-8003 office (443) 534-5598 (cell) or kturner@dnr.state.md.us
 


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