Surfers honor Carlsbad girl killed in New York boating accident

Surfers honor Carlsbad girl killed in New York boating accident
Eli Howard Surf School instructors honor Charlotte M. McCue, 9, of Carlsbad on Thursday after the girl was killed during a vacation to Lake George, New York. Courtesy photo

NEW YORK — A 9-year-old Carlsbad girl was killed Monday in Lake George, N.Y. after a hit-and-run boat collision, according to media reports.

Charlotte M. McCue was visiting the area with family when a boat operated by Alexander W. West, 24, was suspected of slamming into McCue and her family’s vessel.

Charlotte M. McCue, 9, of Carlsbad was killed this week in New York when a boat struck her during a family outing on Lake George. Courtesy photo

Charlotte M. McCue, 9, of Carlsbad was killed this week in New York when a boat struck her during a family outing on Lake George. Courtesy photo

According to media reports, West’s boat went over the McCue’s boat and Charlotte suffered head and chest injuries. She died at the scene and her mother, Courtney, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

McCue was about to enter the fourth grade, her godmother, Devon Conway, told the Times Union newspaper in Albany. Lake George is about 60 miles north of Albany.

An Encinitas resident, who asked to not be identified, said McCue attended the Eli Howard Surf School in Cardiff and attended the school for four or five years.

After the news of McCue’s death reached Cardiff, eight instructors organized a private “paddle out” on Thursday.

“It was something they wanted to do for Charlotte because of what she meant to them,” the resident said.

In addition, the resident said instructors spoke of McCue as “one of their favorites, rad, and one of the happiest kids there.”

According to The Post Star, the local newspaper, the collision occurred at 9:25 p.m. and West and four others allegedly fled the scene after docking. West went to the sheriff’s office around 9 a.m. Tuesday for questioning.

Authorities, the paper reported, suspect alcohol or drugs may be a factor. West gave a blood sample, but no charges had been filed as of late Tuesday.

The paper reported seven people were in the 28-foot- wooden boat carrying McCue, with five in the other, a 21-foot Larson powerboat.

2 Comments
  1. saint stephen 12 months ago

    Awful story

    rip little charlotte

  2. Julie 12 months ago

    Everyone here in the Lake George area is deeply saddened at the loss of this beautiful little girl. She is being mourned from coast to coast.

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