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Charges "98% Likely" In Fatal Boat Wreck

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Rocky Mount, VA - Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney, Tim Allen, says he is "98% sure" criminal charges will be filed in Friday's fatal boat wreck on Smith Mountain Lake.
37 year old Tim O'Quinn likely died instantly after the bass boat he was riding in was hit broadside by another boat. 
A VDGIF investigator says that, while alcohol was not a factor in the collision, speed likely was.
On Monday while 14 year old Shane Wolford's father helped with funeral arrangements for family friend, O'Quinn, the teen remembered better days gone by.
"He was just a really, really close family friend. He had that good, bubbly personality that not everybody has. It's really tough losing such a close friend like that," said Wolford.
Sgt. Karl Martin, with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, says O'Quinn was not wearing a life vest when he died.   No one in the boat was. 
Martin also says it wouldn't have helped in this case -- as O'Quinn likely died instantly.  For two others that ended up in the water, it could have been a different story.
"14-year-old... quick-thinking. Heroic action. Probably saved two more lives and brought them back into the boat,"  said Martin who is leading the investigation.
Wolford's bass boat was hit with no warning in the dark. His grandfather - seriously injured in the back of the boat; his friend missing; and those that just hit them clinging to their capsized boat.
"I got over to the people. I was on the side of the boat and I reached down and I grabbed both the people up on the side of the boat,"  said Wolford.
Had either been unconscious, the tragedy would likely be much deeper.   Had a teenager not picked up the lead once four adults went down.
"You have to get it done and you have to save the people that you can so you just have to pull through for that second and get what needs to be done... done," said Wolford.
Wolford also called 9-1-1 which had first responders on the scene within minutes.  Law enforcement was in the area patrolling the Smith Mountain Lake Optimist Tournament which both boats were participating in.
61 year old Teddy Wolford remains in intensive care at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital according to his family.
Tim O'Quinn leaves behind a 14 year old and a ten year old.



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