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Authorities identify Florida man accused of fatally striking teen with boat

Investigators have identified the man who was operating the boat that hit and killed a 15-year-old girl off the coast of South Florida and then left the area, according to a report released Wednesday. No charges have been filed.

The 78-year-old man owns a Coral Gables home where Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers found and seized his moored boat Tuesday afternoon. The man was the only person on the boat during Saturday’s hit-and-run crash that killed Ella Adler, according to the commission’s report.

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A spokesperson for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the investigation is ongoing and could not speculate on what charges may be filed.

Authorities in Florida have identified a 78-year-old Coral Gables man accused of fatally hitting a teenage girl on a boat and leaving the scene. (Fox News)

Adler and another girl were wakeboarding behind a boardwalk in the 42-foot Hanse Fjord near Key Biscayne, just south of Miami, on Saturday afternoon before falling elsewhere, authorities said. That’s what it means. There were about a dozen people on board the boat pulling Adler. Before her boat could return to pick her up, Adler was struck by another boat, and she quickly sped away, officials said. Witnesses described the hit-and-run boat as a center console boat with a light blue hull, multiple white outboard motors and blue bottom paint.

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Adler’s funeral was held Monday morning at Temple Beth Sholom in Miami Beach. Adler was a freshman at Everglades School in Ransom, Coconut Grove, and Miami City, where he was a ballerina in the ballet troupe.

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