Three months after his wife died from injuries received in a boating accident, a 57-year-old live-aboard who drove the vessel was charged in her death.
Robert Everson was arrested Thursday afternoon by officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and charged with boating under the influence causing death, according to arrest records. Everson remained in the Monroe County jail Friday in lieu of posting $50,000 bail.
Everson and his 62-year-old wife, Wendy, were in an inflatable dinghy July 15 in Key West Harbor when they reportedly hit wake from a boat and were thrown overboard, according to the FWC. The pair was headed from Key West Bight to their live-aboard boat near Fleming Key, FWC Lt. Dave Dipre said.
Wendy Everson's clothing became tangled in the dinghy's propeller as the boat circled with no one at the helm.
The boat hit Robert Everson in the left leg as it circled around, and pinned Wendy Everson underwater, FWC spokesman Bobby Dube said at the time.
Both were rescued by a Coast Guard crew who saw the unmanned dinghy from about 500 yards out. The crew found the couple in the water and performed CPR on Wendy Everson en route to shore, where paramedics took her to Lower Keys Medical Center.
She was then airlifted to a Miami hospital and died two days later.
FWC officers drew blood from Robert Everson at Lower Keys Medical Center. Tests revealed his blood alcohol level was "more than 0.2," Dipre said Friday.
A person with a level of 0.08 or above is considered impaired under Florida law.
FWC officers obtained an arrest warrant last week and arrested Everson on Thursday as he was driving his scooter to Key West Bight.