A New Jersey man has been cited with a class II misdemeanor after causing a personal watercraft crash Wednesday in the Currituck Sound that sent a Connecticut man and his granddaughter to the hospital.
The incident happened around 2 p.m. in the vicinity of Whalehead Bay off Corolla, according to N.C. Wildlife Commission Law Enforcement Sgt. John Beardsley.
A rental personal watercraft operated by Frank Corradino, 41, of Clifton, New Jersey, struck the left rear corner of the PWC operated by the Fairfield, Connecticut man. Both PWCs had a female passenger seated to the rear of each operator.
Beardsley said a safety supervisor with the rental company saw the collision and quickly assisted all four people to shore.
The Connecticut man and girl were transported to The Outer Banks Hospital in Nags Head by Currituck EMS.
While the granddaughter was treated and released, the man in his 70s had to be taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital where he was still under observation with a head injury Thursday afternoon.
Corradino and the woman riding with him were not seriously hurt.
N.C. Wildlife Law Enforcement cited Corradino with careless and negligent operation of a personal watercraft resulting in personal injury.