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Details Emerge on North Key Largo Boat Crash That Killed Teenager, Injured Many

Around 6:30 pm on Sunday, a boat with a dozen teenage passengers was traveling down the intracoastal waterway near North Key Largo, when it crashed into a channel marker and capsized.All fourteen people aboard were ejected from the vessel, according to a preliminary report from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC). Eight were reported as injured, four of whom were airlifted to a nearby hospital for emergency treatment.

Seventeen-year-old Luciana Fernandez was fatally wounded in the crash.

The FWC report states that 51-year-old George Pino was the operator of the 29-foot Robalo vessel. He and his wife, Cecilia Pino, were chaperoning the teenagers from Elliott Key in Biscayne National Park to Ocean Reef, an upscale club community in North Key Largo, according to the report.

Pino purportedly said that he looked behind him to check on the girls after running across a large wake — and that’s when the vessel violently collided with the marker, according to a Miami-Dade Fire Rescue narrative.

Though the investigation into the Labor Day weekend crash is in its early stages, FWC confirmed to New Times that alcohol is not believed to have played a role in the crash.

Many of the teenagers are longtime friends and attend the all-girl Catholic schools Our Lady of Lourdes Academy and Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Miami.

Vigils were held Tuesday in honor of the victims and their families.

Luciana “Lucy” Fernandez

Luciana “Lucy” Fernandez, a senior at Our Lady of Lourdes Academy, died from her injuries on Monday following the crash. According to WPLG-TV, she was involved in peer ministry and was a member of the cross country team.

In an Instagram post about Fernandez’s death, the academy wrote that she was known for her “signature laugh” and “larger than life personality.”

“Lucy was a joy to all who knew her and a shining light at our school. The hundreds of people who joined us in the grotto this evening, to pray for the repose of her soul, are a testament to her beautiful legacy of faith, love and sisterhood,” the post reads. “We extend our heartfelt condolences to Lucy’s parents and younger brother, as well as her family and friends, and we share in their grief during this time of great loss.”

Katerina “Katy” Puig, a senior at Our Lady of Lourdes Academy, was one of the passengers airlifted to the hospital in critical condition following the crash.


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