• Tue. Sep 26th, 2023

    Real Estate Figure Pleads Not Guilty in Fatal Boating Accident

    BySharna Bass

    Sep 19, 2023
    Real Estate Figure Pleads Not Guilty in Fatal Boating Accident

    George Pino, a prominent figure in Miami’s real estate industry, has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a fatal boating accident that occurred on Labor Day in 2022. Pino’s defense attorney entered the plea on his behalf during a recent Zoom call.

    Pino was operating his 29-foot Robalo boat when it collided with a channel marker off Boca Chita. The impact resulted in Pino, his wife, and twelve teenage girls being thrown into the water. Tragically, 17-year-old Lucy Fernandez lost her life in the accident, while 18-year-old Katy Puig was left permanently disabled. Both girls were seniors at Our Lady of Lourdes Academy in Southwest Miami-Dade.

    In August, the State Attorney’s Office filed three misdemeanor charges against Pino. The boat was found to contain over 60 empty cans and bottles of alcohol, including an empty champagne bottle and a partially empty bottle of alcohol. Pino refused to provide a blood sample, and responding officers reported no signs of impairment.

    A status hearing is scheduled in approximately two weeks, with a trial expected to commence in mid-October. In addition to the criminal charges, the families of the victims have also filed civil lawsuits against Pino.

    This tragic boating accident has left a lasting impact on the victims’ families and the community. It serves as a reminder of the importance of boating safety and responsible alcohol consumption while operating a vessel. As the legal process continues, the families seek justice for their loved ones, while Pino maintains his plea of not guilty.

    – [Source 1: Miami 7 News](URL)
    – [Source 2: Sun Sentinel](URL)