One dead in Venice boat crash Sunday

  • 1

VENICE, Fla. - Police say a woman died after she was thrown from a boat in the Intracoastal Waterway this weekend.

It happened Sunday just before 7pm behind Venice High School. Police say a 37-year-old Venice resident, John Antolak was driving a boat when it suddenly veered into the rocks along the banks of the waterway.

41-year-old Alicia Starkweather was thrown overboard. She was flown to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, where she later died.

Antolak told investigators the boat swerved off course after hitting a manatee, but during questioning, police say he appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.

An investigation is underway and police say alcohol is believed to have played a role in the crash.