Man sentenced to 12 years after Tennessee boating crash resulting in 2 dead

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A man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for being intoxicated and causing a boating crash that killed a father and daughter on a West Tennessee lake more than two years ago, authorities said.

Matthew Swearengen, 34, pleaded guilty Monday at a courthouse in Savannah to two counts of vehicular homicide by intoxication, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said in a statement.

Swearengen was sentenced to 12 years, his driver’s license was revoked for three years and his vessel operating privileges were taken away for 10 years, the agency said.

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Swearengen was using a personal watercraft on Pickwick Lake on Aug. 15, 2020, when he collided with another personal watercraft occupied by David Carter, 40, and his 6-year-old daughter, Olivia. Carter and his daughter were killed.

Matthew Swearengin pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide by intoxication during a Tennessee boat crash that resulted in the death of a father and daughter.

Matthew Swearengin pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide by intoxication during a Tennessee boat crash that resulted in the death of a father and daughter.

Nicole Carter, David’s wife and Olivia’s mother, said she was begging people to refrain from operating “any form of motorized vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.”

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“What happened to David and Olivia could have been prevented,” Nicole Carter said in a statement. “What started as a fun, family day out on the water ended in the worst way possible.”



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