State senator's daughter, 2 others injured in boat crash

Victims taken to central Florida hospital with life-threatening injuries

MAITLAND, Fla. – A boat registered to Florida state Sen. David Simmons crashed into a dock early Tuesday on Lake Maitland, sending his 18-year-old daughter and two others to the hospital with critical injuries, officials said.

Simmons was not aboard the boat, a 22-foot SeaDoo, which he said was taken Monday night without his permission.

Maitland police arrested a person for boating under the influence, but Simmons said his daughter was not driving the boat when it crashed. No other details about the arrest have been released.

Simmons told WKMG-TV that his daughter suffered a broken femur and underwent surgery. Officials have not released the conditions of the other two victims.

The crash was reported by a homeowner in an upscale neighborhood off Summerland Avenue who said he heard the crash just after midnight.

Maitland firefighters told News 6 that one adult and seven others, including several teens, were on the boat when it crashed.

Officials said it's likely that the boat was traveling at a high rate of speed when it crashed.

"The boat crashed into the dock, so it's mostly out of the water, and it's pretty much stuck on the back dock right now," a fire official said.

Firefighters said three people taken to the hospital, and three others refused treatment at the scene. 

Firefighters said some of the victims had to be extricated from the boat after the impact with the dock. 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating.

Simmons, a Republican, represents the 10th District, which covers Seminole County and parts of Volusia County. He said the boat is registered to a company that he owns and is stored at his home off Lake Maitland.


About the Authors:

John Ambrogne is an executive producer for News 6 and has been with WKMG-TV since 2012. John graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University and has covered breaking news and major events in Central Florida since 2002.

Mark Lehman became a News 6 reporter in July 2014, but he's been a Central Florida journalist and part of the News 6 team for much longer. While most people are fast asleep in their bed, Mark starts his day overnight by searching for news on the streets of Central Florida.