MANHATTAN SUPREME COURT — Nearly two years after being accused of drunkenly crashing his 30-foot boat into a Bayliner half it’s size and killing one of its passengers, Richard Aquilone was indicted Thursday on negligent homicide and vehicular manslaughter charges.
Prosecutors said the 42-year-old investment firm manager accidentally killed Jijo Puthuvamkunnath on July 2, 2011 while driving his ProLine vessel, called Reel Impulsive, through New York Harbor with his three young children.
Puthuvamkunnath, 30, was with friends on a boat anchored by Liberty Island when the collision happened.
The physical therapist had been due to get married just three weeks later.
Aquilone, who pleaded guilty to the charges, told police his craft was cut off by a passing sightseeing boat — called a Shark — that was packed with tourists. He said he never saw Puthuvamkunnath's boat.