Man's charges amended to manslaughter in boating death - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Man's charges amended to manslaughter in boating death

45-year-old John Klinefelter 45-year-old John Klinefelter

KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho. - The Kootenai County prosecutor has filed additional charges against the man arrested following a fatal boat collision Saturday.

In addition to operating under the influence charges, John Klinefelter, 45, has been charged with Manslaughter in the death of 30-year-old Jack Miller Jr.

The additional charges were added Monday afternoon during Klinefelter's first court appearance.

Klinefelter took a breath test following the collision that left Miller Jr. dead and registered a blood alcohol level of .12.

Authorities say 26-year-old Daniel Zimmerman and his friend Miller Jr., were in their 18-foot Blue Water motorboat fishing on the south side of the Spokane River near Mill River around 2 p.m. 

Klinefelter and his friend, 39-year-old Jason Fisk, were traveling up the Spokane River toward Coeur d'Alene when the 15-foot boat they were in suddenly veered hard to the right and collided with the boat that Miller was in.

After the collision, Klinefelter's boat ran into the shore. No one in either boat was wearing a life jacket.

Klinefelter was taken to the Kootenai County Public Safety Building where he was booked on a felony charge of Aggravated OUI (operating under the influence).

This is the fourth boating related fatality in Kootenai County this season and the Sheriff's Department says they would like to remind recreational enthusiasts to be mindful of water safety issues.

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