The driver of a pickup truck involved in a tubing accident that killed a teenager in Florida has reportedly been charged with negligent manslaughter.
Police said Joseph Brooks Squirewell, 20, was driving the vehicle as it pulled the inner tube carrying Christian Garner, 18, who landed on the pavement and died instantly at Maritime Park in Pensacola on Saturday, WEAR reported.
Squirewell was driving “in a manner which he knew to be reckless and likely to cause serious bodily harm or death,” according to the police report cited by the outlet.
Investigators determined that Squirewell drove the truck “too far and too fast” as he pulled the inner tube from a pond, causing “Garner to be thrown from the inner tube and land in the parking lot,” the report states.
“It was consistent and clear that many people warned [Squirewell], and he was aware of the dangers associated with this act and he ignored those warnings,” it says.
“[Squirewell] was told numerous times by multiple people that he needed to drive slowly and be cautious, due to the embankment and the parking lot,” according to police.
“The truck appeared to rapidly accelerate and continue to do so beyond a point in which the inner tube was pulled from the water,” they said.
Camera footage also captured the suspect doing “‘donuts’ in the parking lot and nearly running over a person,” the report says.
Squirewell was released from Escambia County Jail on $25,000 bond, according to WEAR.
Garner’s mother, Cecilia, has given a statement to Channel 3 on the death of her son.
“Christian was my baby boy. He was such a mama’s boy growing up. He loved working on cars, and he just started a new four-wheeler project,” she said.
“He loved to fish. He really loved his family, and we all love him so much. He was the best brother ever. My other two kids just lost their best friend,” she added.