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Reidville man fined for bridge collision / February 07, 2018

A Reidsville, N.C. man who crashed a personal watercraft vessel into the Clarksville Business 58 bridge last summer was found guilty of operating a watercraft in an improper manner.

Mecklenburg Circuit Court Judge Leslie Osborn fined John Max Bradley Jr. $500 and assessed court costs of $271 at a Feb. 1 hearing.

Bradley and his family were enjoying a day on the lake last July when he slammed a personal watercraft that he and his stepdaughter were riding into a cement pylon that supports the Clarksville bridge. He’d borrowed the vessel from a friend who was with the family that day.

At his trial, Bradley explained that he was traveling about 20 mph as he headed toward the bridge. When he neared the pylons, the jet ski started “leaning to the left.” Without thinking, Bradley said he released the throttle, which caused him to lose the ability to steer the craft. The resulting crash threw both Bradley and the young girl from the vessel into the water.

The two were wearing life jackets at the time. Because of the injuries they sustained, both Bradley and his stepdaughter were airlifted to Duke for medical treatment.

In court Wednesday, Bradley showed no sign of lingering injuries.

Despite being charged with improper boating second offense, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jordan Spiers said there was no evidence of Bradley having any prior offense. The charges against Bradley were reduced to a misdemeanor.

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Over 700 fine, that is just legal stealing for the state and county.

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