Boat Collision Ella Adler

Florida Authorities Identify 78-Year-Old Man in Fatal Boat Collision with Teen

The man operating the boat that struck and killed a 15-year-old girl off a South Florida beach has been identified, but no charges have been filed yet, according to a report released Wednesday.

The 78-year-old owns the Coral Gables home where officers found and seized the boat. He was alone in the boat during the hit-and-run crash that claimed Ella Adler’s life.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is actively investigating, but they haven’t specified potential charges.

Adler was wakeboarding with another girl near Key Biscayne on Saturday before falling off.

As the boat tried to return for her, she was hit by another vessel, described as a center console boat with multiple white outboard engines and blue bottom paint, which then fled the scene. Also, see why Florida is in top 10 dangerous countries in the U.S.

Adler, a freshman at Ransom Everglades School and a ballerina with the Miami City Ballet, was laid to rest on Monday.

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