Image default
Carlsbad Carlsbad Featured Community Featured

Surfers honor Carlsbad girl killed in New York boating accident

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.

Related posts

Jury selection slated in trial for Navy SEAL accused of murder in Iraq

Coast News wire services

Carlsbad nonprofit celebrating a decade of pushing for peace

Steve Puterski

Carlsbad police, CHP track down alleged bank robber

Steve Puterski

Solana Beach Storm Water Diversion Project complete

staff

Delays causing concern over sand dredging efforts

Promise Yee

County verifies signatures for referendum to 85/15 plan

Steve Puterski

2 comments

saint stephen July 30, 2016 at 3:46 pm

Awful story

rip little charlotte

Julie August 2, 2016 at 6:25 pm

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.

Comments are closed.