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You might be asking yourself right about now..."what does a runaway speedboat have to do with driving?"

Anything that moves with a motor is capable of being crashed. AFODS regularly sees older individuals crashing mobility scooters, motorcycles, boats, etc. In this case, Marlin Lee Larsen (75) was at the wheel of what looks to be an extremely powerful speedboat. Three individuals on their fishing boat were lucky to recognize that Larsen was not stopping so they could abandon ship before they got hit. What is alarming in this instance is the speed at which Larsen is traveling towards the fisherman. It does not appear that Larsen ever recognizes that he was going to hit another boat, let alone with people on it. If he did, it was likely after he crashed.

Larsen uses a motorized mobility scooter on land. And that alone doesn't prevent someone from operating a speedboat. However, when you consider all of the issues surrounding older drivers, such as cognitive decline, vision decline, and frailty of movement, it begs the question of why Larsen was going so fast. AFODS cannot say whether Larsen is suffering anything other than being frail. One of the passengers on the fishing boat did mention that they saw Larsen on his cellphone, which Larsen denies. We are so thankful that these three people who were fishing for salmon, Bryan Maess (47), Christopher McMahon (46), and Roni Durham (57), are living to tell this story.

Here's hoping that Mr. Larsen re-evaluates his driving abilities, as well.

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A GoPro camera captured the dramatic moment Marlin Lee Larsen's 31-foot motorboat plowed into Bryan Maess' 20-foot fishing boat near the mouth of the Columbia River on August 12.

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