DERBY, Conn. (AP) — A Chaplin man is set to face a state judge for the first time since his arrest in connection with a boating accident on the Housatonic River in Shelton that led to a passenger’s death.
Fifty-four-year-old Burt Hamilton is scheduled to be arraigned Monday at Derby Superior Court on charges of reckless boating, failure to maintain proper lookout and speeding in a no-wake zone.
Police with the state Energy and Environmental Protection Department say Hamilton was returning his boat to a ramp in Shelton when he collided with a dock piling Dec. 7. A passenger in the boat, Donald Bessette of Chaplin, was ejected from the boat when it hit the piling and drowned.
Hamilton hasn’t returned phone messages seeking comment. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer.