Boater Charged In Deadly Accident

A 23-year-old Omaha man has been charged with manslaughter for the death of a woman in a boating accident near Fremont this past summer.

Saunders County Attorney Scott Tingelhoff says Sean Salisbury is scheduled to be arraigned on November 13th.

Tingelhoff says Salisbury was driving a boat at Woodcliff Lake south of Fremont when the accident occurred on July 9th. The Saunders County Sheriff's Department says Salisbury got too close to the docks, so he turned sharply. The tube he was towing swung into a boat that was on a lift at the docks.

Authorities say 21-year-old Mickayla Linn of Omaha was on the tube. She was pronounced dead at a Fremont hospital.

Witnesses said Salisbury was boating recklessly, intentionally whipping friends across the lake. Blood tests showed he was below the legal limit of alcohol.

Mickayla's sister says the charges are too little and too late. "People shoplift and they go to jail right away for whatever and this guy he kills my sister and he's just walking the streets like every thing's fine," said Amanda Linn, who is disgusted it took so long for the Saunders County attorney to charge Salisbury with her sister's death. "It's kind of bittersweet because I want him to be charged because he did this. “He should have this because he was wrong, this is his fault. He was recklessly driving."

Amanda is horrified no one tried to save her sister. "Nobody helped her," Amanda said. "Nobody got her out of the water." Amanda said paramedics finally pulled Mickayla from the water about 15 minutes after the crash.

Amanda is also upset that Salisbury and others on the boat that day haven't taken responsibility for her sister's death. "Yes, there was drinking and on Twitter they had been mentioning bottles of liquor like vodka, so alcohol was involved."

Mickayla's guitars and pictures adorn the family's living room and they try to cope with the loss of a loved daughter and sister. "You think happy things," Amanda said. "That she's happy, but some days are so hard because she's not here. You think she may walk in the door, but she doesn't." Amanda said Mickayla and their father played guitars together and that Mickayla was a huge fan of ‘80s music.

Manslaughter is a Class III felony. If convicted, Salisbury could face anywhere from one to 20 years imprisonment and/or a $25,000 fine.


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