Georgia man indicted on homicide by vessel charges after boat crash that killed 5

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Georgia man indicted on homicide by vessel charges after boat crash that killed 5

SAVANNAH, Ga. - A Georgia man has been indicted on homicide by vessel charges after a Memorial Day weekend boat crash killed five people.

According to local news outlets, Mark Stegall was indicted Wednesday on 10 counts of first-degree homicide by vessel, six counts of serious injury by vessel, boating under the influence, and reckless operation.

One boat with six people and one with three people was involved in a collision on the Wilmington River near Savannah, with some bodies not recovered until the next day.

Four members of the Leffler family -- Chris, 51, his wife Lori, 50, and their sons Zach, 23, and Nate, 17 -- died on May 28 in the accident. A passenger in Stegall's boat, Robert Stephen Chauncey died. Other people were injured.

Stegall was charged with boating under the influence at the time of the wreck.

Stegall was under the influence of alcohol and was recklessly operating the boat, steering it down the wrong side of the river, according to authorities. A local businessman was killed on the Wilmington River on May 5 when a boat he was aboard struck an unlit channel marker and he was hit on the head by an unknown object, authorities said.