Eyewitness accounts reveal that earlier reports indicating that the Rock Island boat collision was an accident are false. Instead, information pills it was allegedly an intentional act possibly involving criminal negligence and murder.
Nine-year-old Jonas Markub, son of a Social Security Administration (SSA) staff who was among the staff members and guests of the SSA outing suffered severe injuries during the incident that unfortunately led to his death.
Since the incident on June 29, 2014, the alleged suspect or person responsible for the collision has been released from police custody according to sources. Sources further reveal that investigators are also now looking into the possibility of the entire incident being captured on video by a witness using a tablet. OTV attempted to confirm this information from the Public Safety Director, but could not reach him by this news report.
According to eyewitnesses, the SSA outing was winding down at soft coral arch in Palau’s rock islands when a speedboat driven by Brian Simer reversed across the lagoon and suddenly went into full throttle. The boat reportedly slammed into the rear of the government boat crawling up onto the engines and immediately injuring at least one person with an impact to the head. It then slipped back into the water to hit the boat a second time in the rear port side throwing those inside the government boat to the floor and into the water.
While victims of the rampage swam for help, the boat made several wild turns in the lagoon and then lined up for the final attack. It headed straight for the port side of the government boat where 9-year-old Jonas was attempting to climb up from the water. At the last second the speedboat made a sharp turn to the right but it was too late. The forward force of movement only caused it to slide sideways resulting in a side impact crushing the boy between the two boats. The boy was pulled from the water on to the rocks. He did not survive his injuries.
Witnesses also stated that Simer had been drinking and displaying erratic and dangerous behavior for hours before including running aground at Milky Way and then driving wildly through shallow waters only a few feet from where children were swimming.
The boat driver allegedly responsible for the assault is the husband of Ulai Teltull, Social Security Administrator. Teltull was reportedly on the boat with Simer throughout the whole incident, including when he displayed dangerous behavior at Milky Way.