Galveston man charged after hit-and-run boat crash

Two people were injured after a motorboat slammed into a sailboat

By Jennifer Bauer - Reporter

GALVESTON - Game wardens with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department have filed charges against a Galveston man accused of hit and run crash on the water in Galveston County on Sunday.

Officials said Dustin Paul Lunsford, 28, has been charged with a felony for violating section 31.104 of the state Parks and Wildlife Code.

Investigators said after talking with boat owners at the Galveston Yacht Basin Monday night, game wardens located a damaged vessel they believed was the motorboat that hit a sailboat Sunday night. The crash happened in the waters where the Galveston Channel and Houston Ship Channel meet.

Game wardens said the driver of the motorboat slammed into the side of a sailboat around 9:15 p.m. Sunday and left the scene.

Two people on board the sailboat were badly hurt. Fifty-year-old Scott Perry was thrown into the water on impact. Sixty-eight-year-old Celia Stastny fell down a few stairs into the boat's cabin. Stastny pulled Perry from the water then used a cell phone to call 911.

The U.S. Coast Guard responded to the scene. Both victims were taken to the University of Texas at Galveston Medical Branch Hospital Sunday. Perry remained in the hospital's intensive care unit Monday evening. Stastny also was hospitalized, but with less serious injuries.

Leaving the scene of a crash with injuries is a third degree felony.

Officials said they are continuing to investigate the case, including whether alcohol consumption may have been involved.

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