MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Investigators are looking into whether alcohol played a role in the deadly boating accident that took the life of a young mother of four.
Maria Del Valle, 29, was first taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment before being transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
One of the other victims in the boating collision, Dayron Baralt, continues to recover at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
His family tells CBS4 that he underwent surgery last night and that he’s expected to be in the hospital another couple of weeks.
In the meantime, CBS4 is learning more about the yacht operator and his charter service business.
The operator of the yacht has been identified as Steven Trypis.
Florida Fish and Wildlife is investigating what lead to the crash.
“We want to know if speed played a role in the accident, whether alcohol played a role in the accident,” said Jorge Pino of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “We won’t know for quite some time.”
A resident of a condominium in Miami Beach says Trypis owns a dock there and had been operating his charter boat service out of the condominium’s private marina.
Residents complained about the commercial foot traffic coming through the private condominium’s lobby.
“These people, strangers, were coming through,” said Daniel Bernstein, a resident in the condominium. “He said they were friends but you’ve got 15-20 friends every day, somebody else. The condominium stopped him from doing that.”
Trypis’ wife, Mariana London, is listed as the owner and co-founder of “The Boat Girl Charter Services” on the business’ Facebook page, which lists Miami Beach as its location.
The city of Miami Beach could not find any business licenses for any of the named vessels, businesses or owners.
On her Facebook page, London wrote about Saturday’s incident saying, “As we were heading back with our boats last night at 11 pm, a small fishing boat with no lights on came right at the 66-foot Sea Ray resulting in one person’s death on the fishing boat. My husband isn’t a drinker and certainly not when we have 50 guests btw boats.”
Investigators are looking at GPS records from both vessels to try to figure out what happened, but results are not expected back for a few weeks.
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