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DNR: Boater could face charges in Kings Ferry fatality

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Shana Crozier was killed in a boating acccident Sunday. Shana Crozier was killed in a boating acccident Sunday.
Cpl. Phillip Scott, with the DNR Cpl. Phillip Scott, with the DNR
BRYAN CO., GA (WTOC) -

Investigators with the Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources are examining whether speed was a factor in Sunday's fatal boating accident on the Ogeechee River.

Shana Crozier, 25, hit her head on a bridge as she was passing under it in a boat. Depending on the speed of the boat and if alcohol was involved, the driver could face some serious charges.

On Monday, DNR investigators returned to the location where the incident happened.

"From the investigation, we believe she was seated facing the back of the boat, which would have been facing away from both bridges," said Cpl. Phillip Scott, with the DNR. "Had she not been paying attnetion, she would have not been aware that both bridges were coming up."

DNR told WTOC that Crozier was on a boat with about three other friends when this all occurred. They said criminal charges could be filed if DNR determines the driver was under the influence or broke the Georgia law, which requires boats to go idle speed if it boat is within 100 feet of those types of bridges.

Scott said if the boat operation wasn't at idle speed and if there was reckless operation of the vessel - there could be more charges. 

Investigators told WTOC they believe the boat was going faster than idle speed, however it is still under investigation. No charges have been filed yet. However, the DNR expects to file charges soon. 

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