CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46) — The man accused of killing a Concord, NC teen in a boating accident in 2015, which sparked the creation of stricter boating laws in the state, will not face jail time, court officials say.
Kevin Cerven will receive 30 months probation and pay funeral costs to Sheyenne Marshall’s family, according to the Iredell County Clerk of Courts,
Sheyenne, 17, a rising senior at Cox Mill High School, was hit and killed on July 4, 2015 when she was kneeboarding on Lake Norman.
Authorities say Cerven was operating the boat that hit Sheyenne and had been drinking. Cerven reportedly had a blood alcohol content of .14. He was charged with involuntary manslaughter and boating while intoxicated
After her death, Sheyenne’s family pushed lawmakers to pass Sheyenne’s Law, which strengthens the penalties against drunk boaters who cause serious injury, or death.
The law states that if boat operators cause death or injury while driving under the influence, the charge becomes a felony punishable of up to 17 years in prison.