Man dies from injuries in hit-and-run boat crash

Edwin Lane, 72, died Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, from injuries he sustained in a boating accident on Labor Day, Sept. 5, 2016. The driver of the boat that hit Lane's craft fled the scene.

WEST MILFORD, N.J. — A New Jersey man, critically injured last month when a speeding motorboat slammed into the rear of his boat, died of his injuries, authorities said Tuesday.

Edwin Lane, 72, of West Milford, N.J., Died Saturday of the head injuries and other trauma he suffered in the Labor Day crash on Greenwood Lake, state police said.

The driver of the boat that rammed Lane’s craft fled the scene of the crash.

There have been no arrests, police said.

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A state police spokesman said the case is now being investigated by the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office. Telephone and email messages left for the Prosecutor’s Office were not immediately answered Tuesday.

Lane, his wife, Mary, and another couple had dined at a restaurant at the north end of Greenwood Lake and were on the way back to his dock at a marina near the southern end when the powerboat smashed into their transom and soared through the air over their boat.

Robert Roon, Lane’s friend, was seriously injured, but is recovering. Mary Lane and Roon’s wife, Eileen, also are recovering from lacerations.

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A total of $22,000 in reward money has been pledged for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the boater who caused the crash.

The incident rekindled complaints that state police no longer patrol the lake on a regular basis.

State police have said their marine unit patrols the lake from time to time, but not continuously.

Paul Zarillo, co-chairman of the Greenwood Lake Commission, said after the crash that he hoped the state police would continue patrolling the lake “long into the future.” But he added, “Unfortunately, no amount of patrols can keep people using poor or no judgment at all from committing senseless crimes.”.

Dennis Stainerd, who lives on the east shore of the lake in Hewitt, a section of West Milford, said in an email to The (Bergen County, N.J.) Record that “alcohol and boating in general have always gone hand in hand, but I know firsthand it is commonplace on Greenwood Lake, and most weekend warriors know of the virtual non-existence of police presence, at least in New Jersey.”.

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