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Man charged in 2010 boating death

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The Chatham County District Attorney's Office just filed official charges in the 2010 death of a Tybee Island woman.

Lawrence Piper has been charged with two counts of first-degree homicide by vessel in the death of 38-year-old Dawn Piper.

Piper, was killed in May 2010. Her family rushed her to the nearest dock, which was at the Crab Shack, where emergency crews tried to save her.

Piper was thrown from the boat and hit the propeller. The district attorney's office said Lawrence Piper, who was driving the boat, was under the influence of alcohol and cocaine. Police said he drove in a reckless manner by making a rapid turn which caused dawn to fall in the water.

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