Prosecutors drop charges in boat crash after suspect dies in Roseburg

Boat damaged afer collision on Columbia River (photo: Clatsop County Sheriff's Office)

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man who was arrested after a boat crash has died, putting an end to the criminal case.

The Daily Astorian reports 75-year-old Marlin Larsen died two months ago at a Roseburg hospital. The News-Review published his obituary Feb. 22.

He had been charged with assault and reckless endangerment after last summer's crash during the Buoy 10 fishing season.

Authorities say he had been piloting a fishing boat that rammed another vessel on the Columbia River. The three people aboard the other boat jumped into the river just before impact.

Larsen was charged with fourth-degree assault, recklessly endangering another person and reckless operation of a boat.

He owned the Harborview Resort in Hammond and also had property in Roseburg.

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Information from: The Daily Astorian, http://www.dailyastorian.com

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