A Middleburg, Florida, man was sentenced on Tuesday, August 30, on reckless boating charges in connection with a fatal boat crash earlier this year that killed his 17-year-old son, Travis Hanner, and his son’s 15-year-old girlfriend, Halee Mickey.
Fifty-year-old Ted Hanner pleaded no contest to reckless boating charges and was sentenced to 18 days time served and fined $400 for the February 11, 2011 incident. He was also ordered to continue counseling for an unrelated DUI arrest from two months ago.
The Florida Times-Union reports that the accident occurred on President’s Day on Black Creek near the Knight’s Boat Ramp and Marina facility.
The two teens were seated in the bow of the 1985 Baja bass boat when the man left control of the boat in order to pump the fuel bulb so that more fuel could get to the motor. The boat then veered toward the riverbank and crashed into a tree, causing blunt force trauma to both teens, who were students at Middleburg High School. Both teens died at the accident site, and the elder Hanner was taken to Shands Jacksonville Hospital with minor injuries.
Alcohol was not a factor in the crash.
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