KINGMAN, Ariz. — A judge has used the sentencing of an Orange County man convicted in a fatal boating accident to chastise Californians, whose antics he said are making the tourist mecca of Lake Havasu "a total disaster area."
Mohave County Superior Court Judge Steven Conn on Thursday sentenced Carl C. Hacker, 29, of Anaheim, to the minimum 18 months in prison for his conviction last month on three counts of endangerment in a Memorial Day weekend boating mishap.
Testimony showed Hacker, who was intoxicated, drove one of two boats that collided, killing two women and injuring six others--all from California.
Killed in the crash were Molly Roberts, 31, of Huntington Beach, and Karen Butcher, 25, of San Bernardino.
Hacker's endangerment conviction involved three passengers aboard his 19-foot speedboat that the prosecution said was "insufficiently lighted" and running "at an excessive speed" the night of May 25, 1986.