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Man charged in fatal boat crash

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Nov 1, 2013 at 7:25 am

ELLSWORTH, Wis. (AP) — A Minnesota man has been criminally charged in a fatal boating crash on the Wisconsin side of the St. Croix River.

Forty-seven-year-old Patrick Puhalla, of Bayport, Minn., is accused of driving a boat while drunk last June and crashing into the shoreline near Kinnickinnic State Park. Forty-year-old David Riley, of New Richmond, was a passenger in the boat and was killed. Riley worked as a harbormaster at Windmill Marina in Afton, Minn.

Puhalla is charged in Pierce County with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, among other counts. Puhalla says he was not actually operating the boat and that it was being steered by electronics on the night of the crash.

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