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Judge dismisses charge in fatal Va. boat collision

Tuesday - 6/26/2012, 4:02pm  ET

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - A judge has dismissed an involuntary manslaughter charge stemming from a boat collision that killed a Gloucester boy.

Newport News Circuit Judge H. Vincent Conway ruled that 49-year-old Wayne Espinoza's lack of judgment didn't warrant the charge.

Espinoza was operating at towing vessel that collided with a 19-foot bass fishing boat operated by Philip Brewer on the James River on Oct. 17, 2010. Brewer's son, 13-year-old Lance Brewer, was killed.

The Daily Press ( reports that the judge dismissed the charge against Espinoza on Monday.

Philip Brewer also was charged with involuntary manslaughter. He was found not guilty in March.


Information from: Daily Press,

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