Driver in Fatal Inlet Crash Identified and Reportedly Didn’t See Victim’s Vessel
George Lesenskyj, 54, of Robbinsville was the operator of the 36-foot boat that hit a 15-foot skiff, resulting in the death of the smaller vessel’s operator off Barnegat Light on July 10, according to new information provided by the New Jersey State Police Marine Services Bureau. Lesenskyj “did not observe the skiff,” according to the bureau.
Previously, an investigation kept the details that were released to a minimum, but now, an updated police report states that Lesenskyj was operating a Concept center console that struck the rear of the skiff operated by Phillip Chan Kang, 26, of Hainesport. Kang died as a result of injuries suffered in the crash.
“The front of the 36-foot boat collided with the rear of the skiff and the skiff rotated but did remain afloat,” said the police report, which was obtained in a phone interview by The SandPaper.
At the time of the crash, Kang “was unrestrained, which was normal for a boat, in the rear of the vessel and suffered fatal injuries. He was pronounced at Southern Ocean County Medical Center,” State Police Capt. Stephen Jones read from the report.
The incident occurred at 2:23 p.m. in the Oyster Creek Channel in the area of Barnegat Inlet.
Marine Police from the Point Pleasant unit responded, as did the U.S. Coast Guard, Barnegat Light First Aid Squad, Barnegat Light Fire Co. Water Rescue, Surf City EMS, Long Beach Township police and Harvey Cedars police.
“The remaining people on both vessels sustained minor injuries and were treated at the scene,” the police report said.
“The State Marine Police Crime Scene Unit and Fatal Accident Unit went out to assist with the investigation, along with Troop C detectives, and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office was contacted and arrived on scene,” Jones said.
No charges had been filed for the incident as of Aug. 23, according to state police.
— Maria Scandale