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Man indicted in summer boating accident that killed boy

Glover died after being hit by personal watercraft in July

POSTED: March 1, 2013 5:14 p.m.

An Atlanta man was indicted Thursday in Hall County Court for homicide by vessel in the first degree, according to Hall County officials. The charges stem from a July 6 boating accident on Lake Lanier that killed 11-year-old Kile Glover.

Glover was son of entertainer Usher’s ex-wife Tameka Raymond, and Ryan Glover, an executive for Bounce TV.

Jeffrey Simon Hubbard, a friend on vacation with the Glover family, was also charged with serious injury by vessel for his alleged role in harming Jordan Shepp, who was tubing with Kile Glover.

He faces five charges total, including reckless operation of a vessel, unlawful operation of a personal watercraft and boat traffic violation.

Hubbard was arrested by officers from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Friday morning and booked into the Hall County Jail, where he is being held without bond. His first appearance in Magistrate Court is this morning, District Attorney Lee Darragh said.

Glover suffered severe brain injuries on July 6 when authorities believe Hubbard’s personal watercraft collided with Glover, who was on an inflatable raft. He was vacationing with his father at the time of the incident.

Glover was hospitalized, never regaining consciousness. He died July 21.

According to the indictment, Shepp’s left arm was “rendered useless” after her elbow was fractured in the accident and her scalp was “seriously disfigured,” requiring multiple sutures.

If convicted of homicide by vessel, Hubbard would face at least three years in prison, not exceeding 15.

If convicted on the injury by vessel charge, Hubbard would face one year, and no more than five years, in prison.

Law enforcement officials said Hubbard was in violation of the “100-foot law,” which mandates that drivers of boats and personal watercraft not operate at more than idle speed within 100 feet of a sitting object or a person in the water.

Glover’s death, and the deaths of Jake and Griffin Price, have spurred legislative scrutiny of boating regulations.

The Kile Glover Boat Education Law and Jake and Griffin Prince BUI Law, sponsored by Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, passed the Senate Friday and now head to the House for consideration. The bills together would lower the legal blood alcohol limit for vessel operators, add educational safety courses, adjust the life jacket age for children and clarify the requirements for children and teenagers to operate certain boats and personal watercraft.


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