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Decatur boat operator arrested in connection to Smith Lake boat crash

William Jackson Fite

Court records show William Jackson Fite, 23, is charged with Boating Under the Influence.

Posted: Jul 6, 2019 4:38 PM
Updated: Jul 14, 2019 11:48 PM

A Decatur man is out on bond after he was charged with boating under the influence following a two-boat crash where a woman went missing.

According to court documents, William Jackson Fite, 23, was released on a $2,000 bond on July 8. Court records show he was arrested and booked into the Winston County Jail on Friday, July 5.

26-year-old Troy resident, Kelsey Nicole Starling, is the woman who was reported missing following the crash Thursday night, July 4. The incident happened at Rock Creek around 10 p.m.

WBMA in Birmingham reported at the time that five people were injured and four of them went to the hospital.

Another Decatur resident, Jodi Wallace Suggs, 50, was also injured when the Mastercraft operated by Fite collided with the 2011 Harris Flotebote pontoon, according to WBMA.

WBMA reports that as of Saturday, July 13, Starling has still not been found.

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