Coroner: Alcohol a factor in death of Penn Hills jet skier
August 4, 2014 7:35 AM
Bob Donaldson/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Divers from Murrysville Rescue 1's dive team head to shore in mid-July after searching the Allegheny River for the body of Thomas Uzmack, who was thrown from his water scooter July 13.
The Armstrong County coroner said alcohol was a factor in the death of a Penn Hills man who fell into the Allegheny River when his water scooter capsized.
Coroner Brian Myers said Sunday night that Thomas D. Uzmack, 40, had a blood alcohol level of 0.237, about three times the state’s legal threshold for intoxication.
On July 13, Mr. Uzmack was operating his water scooter, giving a ride to a 12-year-old friend of the family, when the two circled a pontoon as they performed doughnut maneuvers, and the scooter capsized, South Buffalo fire officials said .
The boy was pulled to safety aboard the pontoon, but Mr. Uzmack slipped out of his unfastened life vest, officials said. His body was found three days later near the Schenley Marina in Gilpin, about 2½ miles from where Mr. Uzmack was last seen.