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Arrest made in boating hit-and-run that cost man his leg

Putnam County man charged in June crash that injured 4

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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.

A Putnam County man has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run boating crash in Vilano Beach in June in which a 28-year-old man lost his leg.

Jedidiah Gedris is charged with leaving the scene of a boating accident that resulted in injury. The warrant was issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

St. Johns County deputies said Logan Farquhar, of St. Augustine, was fishing with his girlfriend and two other people about 11 p.m. June 25 when their small boat was struck by another boat, which kept going.

One of the four survivors on the boat told News4Jax in June that she never saw the boat that hit them coming because it didn't have any lights on.

"One second we're out there having the time of our life, fishing and laughing and joking off and singing and goofing and next minute it's a tragedy and I'm scared to death," Dakota Smith said. "I thought I just lost all my friends."

Smith's friends started coming up out of the water. That's when people in the area started calling 911 once they realized what was happening.

"I woke up and I was inside the boat with another boat on top of me and water rushing in," Billie Inman, Farquhar's girlfriend, said. "And trying to figure out how to get out of the boat."

Part of a Farquhar's leg had to be amputated after the boating accident, but Inman said that doctors told her the tourniquet she applied saved his life. But she said he had already saved her life.

If that didn't happen he could have bled out and died. So I saved his life. But he saved mine, too, because when that boat was coming, he jumped over me to go scoop me up to throw me out of the boat. But the boat, I'm assuming, was too fast and I fell inside the boat and (into) a little like cubbyhole and he got out of the boat and that's why I was trapped in it. But if he wouldn't have moved me they said that there was a good chance I could be cut in half right now,” Inman said.

Gedris is being held on $5,500 bond.