Former University Baseball Player Arrested For Boating Crash That Killed Former Teammate

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Posted: August 8, 2020

The Florida State Attorney's office is charging a former university-level baseball player with manslaughter after he allegedly caused a boating crash that killed his former teammate.

PNJ.com reports that 26-year-old Walker O’Connor, a former baseball player for the University of West Florida, allegedly struck and killed 25-year-old Brandon "BJ" Harmon on June 13. 

According to court documents, Harmon was riding a wakeboard while being towed by a boat when he was struck by another boat which O'Connor was piloting . Though boaters pulled Harmon from the water and gave him CPR, he died at the scene. After authorities arrived on the scene they subjected O'Connor to a field sobriety test and concluded that he showed signs of impairment.

Prosecutors originally arrested O'Connor in June 2019 and charged him with operating a boat while under the influence. Authorities arrested O'Connor again on Friday and charged him with vessel homicide and boating under the influence – manslaughter, PNJ.com reports.

After his Friday arrest authorities held O'Connor on $100,000 bond. He apparently made bond the same day.