State: Boater in Fatal Crash Was Drunk

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The driver of a speedboat in a fatal crash on Candlewood Lake in New Milford last July was drunk and speeding, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Richard Layton Jr., 33, was drunk when his speedboat collided with a fishing boat at about 2:30 a.m. on July 19, 2008, investigators said. Layton and one of his passengers were killed in the accident.

His blood alcohol limit was 0.19, according to the report the state released Tuesday, the Danbury News-Times reports. The limit, on water or land, is .08.

Layton did not yield to the vessel operated by the other boater, which caused the crash, state investigators said.

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