LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - The man who was driving a boat that crashed on the Natalbany River on June 9, 2013 and severely injured a 6-year-old girl, was arrested Thursday morning by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Agents arrested Anthony Domiono, 40, for operating or driving a vessel while intoxicated (DWI) with two children under 12 years of age, two counts of negligent injury, and reckless operation of a vessel and booked him into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail.
The boating crash incident occurred around 4:45 p.m. on June 9. Agents say Domiono was operating a 22-foot-ski boat that had five passengers on board and was towing a tube with two juveniles. The boat crashed into a tree along the bank of the Natalbany River in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash happened about three miles upstream from where the river merges with the Tickfaw River.
A 6-year-old girl was in the boat at the time of the crash and had to be air lifted by helicopter to a hospital. She suffered major head trauma and "needed immediate attention."
The helicopter took the girl to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge where she was listed in critical condition. The girl has since been discharged from the hospital and it is hopeful she can make a full recovery.
Domiono suffered a broken foot and the other five passengers were treated for minor injuries.
As standard procedure agents took blood from the operator to determine if the operator was impaired. After receiving the blood test results, it was determined that Domiono had a blood alcohol content (BAC) higher than the legal limit of .08 BAC.
DWI brings a $300 to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail. Negligent injury carries up to a $1,000 fine and six months of jail per each count. Reckless operation brings a $200 fine and up to 90 days in jail.