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Yacht owner guilty of causing drowning
April 19, 2014, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

The boater who fatally rammed into another vessel in the San Francisco Bay off Brisbane in August 2011 is guilty of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter, according to a jury.

Phillip Larson, 77, was convicted of two misdemeanors, vehicular manslaughter and reckless operation of a water vessel, in the watery Aug. 3, 2011, accident off Brisbane that killed Minh Truong, 30, and left his father, Kiet, clinging to the capsized boat. He faces up to a year in jail.

Prosecutors argued that Larson was not under the influence of any substance but had plenty of opportunity to avoid crashing his boat “Next Chapter” into the 19-foot long 1972 Sabercraft boat carrying Truong and his father. Larson claimed never to have seen the boat carrying Truong but the U.S. Coast Guard disagreed and concluded that he had the duty to yield had failed to yield to the smaller vessel as was his duty because his 41-foot long motor boat was larger.

Six years previous to the fatal crash, Larson allegedly crashed a boat into the Hunters Point Pier and injured one, according to a wrongful death lawsuits filed against him and his Next Chapter corporation by Kiet Truong and the mother of Minh Truong’s two young children.

A judge did not allow the jury to hear evidence of the previous incident.

Larson remains free from custody on his own recognizance pending sentencing.

 

 

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