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Posted at 3:40 PM ET, 06/23/2010

Reward for info in boating accident

By Washington Post editors

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information about the individual or individuals responsible for a hit-and-run boating accident that has left a Virginia man seriously injured.

On the afternoon of June 5, Mark Gentile of Mt. Jackson, Va., was swimming in the Chesapeake Bay near Thomas Point Light when he was run over by a white and champagne-colored Donzi-type speedboat, officials said. The speedboat was occupied by at least one balding white male and a younger-looking white female.

Since then, Maryland Natural Resources police said, Gentile, 56, has been unable to run his business or care for a family member that has Alzheimer’s. Gentile spent 10 days at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after the accident and expects to spend at least 90 days at Envoy of Alexandria, a short- and long-term care facility.

“We are offering this reward in hopes of catching the person responsible for stealing my life away,” Gentile said.

Maryland Natural Resources police are investigating the incident and have enlisted the help of Metro Crime Stoppers to promote awareness and generate public response. Informant identity is kept confidential. The details that are provided are forwarded to police for investigation.

To be eligible for the reward, the information must come into the Metro Crime Stoppers by calling 866-756-2587, texting “MCS” plus your message to CRIMES (274637) or checking the Crime Stoppers Web site.

By Washington Post editors  | June 23, 2010; 3:40 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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