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Video: Out-of-control boat smashes into Palm Beach Gardens dock

No one hurt; crash under investigation
Boat hits Palm Beach Gardens dock
Posted at 7:00 PM, Feb 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-24 23:50:35-05

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — A surveillance camera recorded the shocking moment an out-of-control boat, traveling at a high speed, smashed into a dock in Palm Beach Gardens.

"The destruction that it created is awful but our concern here and our neighbor's concerns are collective in that it could have been destructive to life," homeowner Vincent Pellerito said. "This really should be a no wake zone that's quiet and calm."

The incident occurred Sunday just before 4 p.m.

Video captured the moment the boat went out of control, flipped and sent the crew flying and headed toward their backyard.

Pellerito says the 25 mph speed limit needs to be enforced.

"This is all avoidable, it's what I call a forced error and this forced error can result in a lot of liability for those parties that are responsible if they don't address it now," Pellerito said.

The driverless boat plowed through Pellerito's dock, resulting in pieces of wood flying 100 feet into her backyard and pool.

No one was seriously hurt. The crash is under investigation.