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Accident on San Jacinto River kills boater

By BOBBY HORN JR.

CROSBY– A Liberty man was killed Saturday night in what the Harris County Sheriff’s Department call a boating accident.

According to Lt. Scott Holman with the HCSO’s Marine Division Darrell Tanton, 33, was traveling northbound on the river when he struck a horizontal steel support on the railroad bridge which crosses the San Jacinto River.

The incident occurred about 500 yards north of Love’s Marina near Crosby at approximately 7 p.m., as darkness was beginning in the area.

A spokesperson for the Harris County Medical Examiners office said that the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head.

Holman said that they are waiting for a toxicology report from the medical examiner before they will say whether or not alcohol was a contributing factor in the accident. He noted that empty beer cans were found in the boat.