Operator Cleared in Fatal RI Boat Crash

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has determined that Frank Teixeira, 75, of Portsmouth, was not speeding nor operating his 28-foot cruiser in reckless disregard for the safety of others when he collided with a sailing catamaran on Aug. 11, 2019, near the Newport Pell Bridge. The accident resulted in the death of Sandra G. Tartaglino, 60, of Tiverton.

Teixeira will be cited with four violations of the Coast Guard’s Inland Navigational Rules, according to a news release. The violations include risk of collision, action to avoid a collision, responsibilities between vessels and failure to keep a look-out. Each violation carries a maximum fine of $100, according to the release. Alcohol and drugs were ruled out as a contributing factor in the accident, as was excessive speed.