A boat belonging to a prominent Republican in Florida was involved in a drunken crash on the morning of April 5, according to cops in the town of Maitland. Authorities says that State Senator David Simmons' vessel crashed into a dock. On board was his daughter, Alicya Simmons, 18. She was severely injured as a result of the crash.
David Simmons added that she was with friends celebrating a birthday at the time of the accident. The crash occurred just after midnight on April 5. David Simmons told the Orlando Sentinel that he got a call telling him about the crash at around 2 a.m. He added that his daughter was "doing okay."
Simmons suffered a broken femur in the accident and has undergone surgery. Fox Orlando reports that two other people were seriously injured in the crash, their exact conditions have not been released. Some of the victims refused treatment at the scene, according to Click Orlando.
The boat is registered to D. Simmons Properties, LLC, reports the Orlando Sentinel.
According to David Simmons, his daughter wasn't driving the boat when it crashed, reports the Orlando Sentinel. The newspaper says that police in Maitland, Florida, have arrested Simmons' aunt and David Simmons' ex sister-in-law, Krystyna Vitiello, 45. She's accused of being drunk while driving the boat and was not injured.
Click Orlando reports that there were eight people on board the boat when it crashed, including "several teens." A fire official told the station that speed may have been a factor in the crash. That official said, "The boat crashed into the dock, so it's mostly out of the water, and it's pretty much stuck on the back dock right now."
The Maitland Police Department as well as the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are investigating the incident. My News 13 reports that Vitiello is being held at the Orange County Jail.
One resident of the area told My News, "The peninsula can sneak up on you if you don't know or if you've never been in swamp area or on the water at night. It can be very difficult to navigate without lights." The station adds that David Simmons owns a home on the lake.
With his daughter expected to make a full recovery, here are the photos of Alicya Simmons that you need to see: