Kile and his father, Ryan Glover, were vacationing at the lake July 4th weekend when Hubbard’s personal watercraft crashed into the boy’s raft. Kile subsequently died of heart failure at an Atlanta hospital July 21, 2012 at the age of 11 years old.
Jordan Shepp, a family friend & daughter of Peaches Chin (Kandi Burruss’ TAGS Boutique buisness partner), was tubing with Kile that day and suffered injuries as well. Shepp survived the accident with a severe injury to her left arm and her scalp was “seriously disfigured,” requiring multiple sutures.
Glover’s death and other accidents and injuries on Lake Lanier sparked legislative scrutiny of boating regulations, resulting in new boating safety regulations.
Hubbard faced a judge earlier this week on charges stemming from both Kile’s death and Jordan’s injuries in the crash and entered a plea of ‘not guilty’ to all charges.
According to the Times of Gainsville, Jeffrey Simon Hubbard, who was charged with reckless operation of a vessel, unlawful operation of a personal watercraft, boat traffic violation and serious injury by vessel, stemming from the July 6, 2012 accident, entered a not guilty plea Tuesday (March 19, 2013) to all charges.
Hubbard’s attorney, Jeff Talley entered the plea on his behalf.
If convicted of homicide by vessel, Hubbard would face at least three years in prison, not exceeding 15.
If convicted on the injury by vessel charge, Hubbard would face one year, and no more than five years, in prison.
Law enforcement officials said Hubbard was in violation of the “100-foot law,” which mandates that drivers of boats and personal watercraft not operate at more than idle speed within 100 feet of a sitting object or a person in the water.
The Kile Glover Boat Education Law and Jake and Griffin Prince BUI Law, were combined in a bill sponsored by Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville which passed the Senate early last month.
The bill would lower the legal blood alcohol limit for vessel operators, add educational safety courses, adjust the life jacket age for children and clarify the requirements for children and teenagers to operate certain boats and personal watercraft.
Hall County District Attorney Lee Darragh says he intends to lead prosecution of the case if it ever goes to trial. A date for Hubbard’s next court appearance has not been set.