A man faces several charges, including vehicular homicide, following a deadly boating accident Saturday on the Cumberland River near downtown Clarksville, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
TWRA said 21-year-old mother Stephanie Burns and four other friends were boating when Doug Jackson pushed both Burns and Aaron Santoyo into the water as a joke. TWRA said a friend screamed that Burns couldn't swim, and coming back, Jackson ran the two over before slowing the boat. Santoyo was cut on his head and hand from the boat propeller, while Burns later died from severe injuries to her hip, torso, chest, and arms.
An arrest warrant claims Jackson told the others to throw all beer cans and alcohol from the boat before Burns or Santoyo were helped. According to TWRA, Jackson said, "Let's get our stories straight", adding he couldn't confess what happened since he'd been drinking.
Jackson was featured in a previous Channel 4 story last year when his family's pet monkey was stolen from their Clarksville home. Wednesday, Jackson's family declined to comment on the case at the advice of lawyers. A toxicology test to determine if Jackson was intoxicated at the time is expected in three to four weeks.
Jackson is charged with vehicular homicide, tampering with evidence, boating without a license, boating without registration and contributing alcohol to individuals under 21 years old.
Jackson was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on a $400,000 bond.
"Me and her mom, we loved her very much, and we're going to miss her very much," said Burns' father, Randy Burns. "She was a great daughter."
Randy Burns remembers his daughter as an athletic Montgomery Central High graduate who'd been working toward a degree in accounting. He said it's now up to a community of family and friends to raise his daughter's 5-year-old little girl.
"We'll all do the best we can," said Randy Burns. "That little girl loves her very much. She doesn't know yet that her mama's passed."
Burns' family has set up a fund to help with burial expenses.
You can donate to the Stephanie Burns Memorial Fund at any First Advantage Bank.
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