A young woman had decided to go swimming in Florida when she was tragically hit and killed by a pontoon boat. The accident happened on the last Saturday in September. The woman passed away the following day. She was just 22 years old at the time.

She had come to Florida to study dental medicine in Bradenton. She had recently attended Seton Hill University and graduated before moving to continue her education.

Police are still investigating the accident, but initial reports claim that she was in the water at about 4:50 p.m., when she was hit by the pontoon boat. The propeller made contact with her head. It was a 27-foot boat, and the man who was driving it at the time had rented it. He is 26 years old, and he is also from Bradenton.

It does not appear there were any additional injuries.

The young woman had played volleyball in high school and in college, and she was very accomplished. Her college coach called her one of his favorite volleyball players. “She was a leader on the court,” he said. “She was a kid who never complained and was always smiling. I can’t get across how good of a kid she was.”

Stories like this show just how random and tragic boating accidents can be. They happen without warning. They are impossible to predict.

For grieving family members, seeking financial compensation will never fully make that right. However, it can help them cover the costs of a funeral, medical bills and much more. It is important for them to know exactly what options they have.

John W. Merting at the Law Offices of John W. Merting can help. Mr. Merting has over 40 years of experience working on these cases and helping families seek coverage for expenses after a wrongful death and compensation for the after-effects of devastating loss.