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Marine police arrest man in connection with boating accident

Published 1:10pm Friday, September 17, 2010

A Montgomery man was arrested and charged with homicide by vessel by the Alabama Marine Police Friday in connection with a Labor Day weekend boating accident that killed a 26-year-old woman.

Brian Alan Little, 26, was arrested at 11 a.m. at his place of employment in Montgomery, according to Capt. Matt Brooks. Little was charged with homicide by vessel, a felony that carries a sentence of up to five years in prison, and failure to render aid at the scene of a boating accident.

Brooks said Little was driving a pontoon boat that struck and killed Montgomery resident Ashley Williams after she fell off the bow of the boat on the night of Sunday, Sept. 5.

In a previous Outlook article, Sgt. Gary Buchanan said there were nine people on the boat at the time of the accident, which took place in the Tallassee slough, a large slough located between Anchor Bay Marina and the Kowaliga bridge on the southern end of Lake Martin.

The group tried to view the Labor Day Weekend concert at the Lake Martin Amphitheater from the water before the accident happened.

Williams was apparently standing near the bow of the boat and inside the gate when she fell and was hit by the boat and the propeller sometime before 11 p.m.

When Buchanan arrived at the scene of the accident around 11:20 p.m., the driver had disappeared.

Buchanan said Little made contact with the marine police two days after the accident and was interviewed in the presence of his attorney.

Brooks said the marine police officers have worked tirelessly on the case since the accident.

“The officers involved with this investigation have been working non-stop to find out what occurred,” he said.

Brooks said the case is still under investigation and additional arrests are possible. He declined to explain how Little left the scene of the accident.

Little remains in the Elmore County Jail on $50,000 bond. His attorney could not be identified as of press time Friday.