Driver In Deadly Boat Crash Indicted

Posted On August 02, 2012

(Cincinnati, Oh.) – A Cincinnati man has been indicted for a fatal boat crash on the Ohio River in Sedamsville last June.


Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said Wednesday a grand jury has indicted Glenn Riegelsberger, 54, on charges including two counts of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, two counts of Failure to Stop after an Accident, and single counts of Aggravated Vehicular Assault, Vehicular Assault, Operating a Vessel in a Low Speed Area.  


Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, Aggravated Vehicular Assault, Failure to Stop After a Nonpublic Crash, and Operating a Vehicle in a Low Speed Area.


Police suspect Riegelsberger was drunk driving a speedboat on the river June 9 when his speedboat plowed over another vessel near Riverside Park in Sedamsville. Witnesses reported that Riegelsberger was operating his boat at an excessive speed in the harbor area, Deters said.


Jeffrey Foster, 30 , of Colerain Township, was seriously injured and died in the hospital two days later. Foster’s passenger, Jennifer Holwadel, suffered a broken back.


After the crash, Riegelsberger drove his boat to shore and ran from the scene on foot, Deters said. Witnesses at a nearby dock and a passenger in his boat identified Riegelsberger as the driver.


Investigators later found alcohol in Riegelsberger’s boat.


“The cowardly act of this defendant to mow over two innocent people is outrageous.  To then flee the scene and leave them fighting for their lives is disgusting,” said Deters.


Riegelsberger faces up to 23 years in prison if convicted on all charges.