UPDATE: Charges for man driving boat in deadly accident

By Gene Petriello - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

LANCASTER, VA (WWBT) – A Richmond fire captain is facing several charges after that deadly boating accident last month on the Rappahannock. If convicted, he could spend 52 years in prison.

Captain Steve Nixon had a blood alcohol level of point .14 according to these arrest warrants. That's nearly twice the legal limit. But we have learned Nixon's status with the fire department has not changed.

Police say Nixon, based upon his blood alcohol level, it is believed his actions show a gross and wanton disregard for human life which resulted in the death of Amanda Brady and caused serious injuries to other persons on board the vessel.

In all Nixon is staring at 9 charges from the accident including 7 felonies. 4 counts of child endangerment, 2 counts of drunk boating that caused permanent injury, and aggravated involuntary manslaughter for the death of Brady.

Despite these charges, the Richmond dire department says Chief Nixon is still employed and his status unchanged. A source tells us, Nixon hasn't returned to the job since the accident on July 5.

The fire department quotes, "the city does not comment on personnel."

Nixon is out on a $50,000 personal recognizance bond. That means he didn't have to pay any cash to get out.

Nixon is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on 6 juvenile and domestic court charges on October 12. The other charges will be heard on October 13. If the charges stand, they would go to a grand jury on October 22.

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