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Dickinson boaters crash through dock, backyard fence

“It sounded like a bat out of hell just rode through my yard," said Vincent Silva.

DICKINSON, Texas — Boaters crashed through a dock, backyard fence and almost hit kids fishing, according to witnesses.

Damage also included cracked concrete and a teen’s fishing boat wrecked beyond repair.

“It sounded like a bat out of hell just rode through my yard,” said Vincent Silva, 77.

The twin engine, 300-horsepower boat did what Silva feared coming from boats on Bayou Chantilly for years.

“They laugh about it and keep truckin’,” he said. “It feels like I wish I had a big rock to throw at the windshield.”

The boat crashed Sunday evening, Texas Game Wardens said. The driver’s wife fell out and hurt her shoulder. She refused medical help, according to wardens. None got tickets or a tow.

Despite beer cans left behind and witnesses blaming speed, investigators with the wardens determined it was simply a boat accident. They do not plan to issue any citations.

“(The boaters) were driving too damn fast,” Silva said.

Neighbors saw kids fishing where the boat crashed an hour before the wreck. On Facebook, others claimed the same boat zoomed by so close to shore that water splashed a five-year-old standing on a deck.

Silva, a great-great grandfather who spent three years, three months and 22 days in the Army, wants to fight back. However, without help from wardens, he does not know how.


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