Ohio man arrested for leaving scene of deadly boat crash near Vanderbilt Beach

Reporter: Taylor Smith Writer: Jack Lowenstein
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James Allen, 75, of Ohio. Credit: Collier County Sheriff’a Office.

Thursday, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission arrested James Allen, 75, of Ohio after they say he left the scene of a boat crash that killed 57-year-old Onofrio Sozio, who was swimming near Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park and north of Vanderbilt Beach in North Naples.

According to the arrest report, investigators believe Allen and his brother, John, knew they hit someone or something but instead drove the boat away.

Sozio was in the water near the edge of the swimming area roped off by buoys when he was hit by a boat they say Allen was controlling. Witnesses told investigators Allen turned the boat around and tossed a flotation device toward Sozio, then left the scene.

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