Phoenix man accused of leaving scene of boat crash that hurt teen

- A Phoenix man has been arrested for allegedly leaving the scene of a boating accident at Bartlett Lake last year that left a teenage boy with life-threatening injuries.

Maricopa County Sheriff's officials say 32-year-old Brad Allan Becker is being held on suspicion of leaving the scene of a boating accident involving serious injury or death.

Becker didn't have an attorney at his initial court appearance Wednesday.

Court documents show Becker has denied being involved in the Aug. 5 boat crash that injured 15-year-old Alec Medina.

Sheriff Paul Penzone made the announcement of Becker's arrest, during a news conference Wednesday afternoon.


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Sheriff's officials say Medina was operating a jet ski watercraft at the lake when it was struck by a fishing-style boat that left the scene.

"The suspect, who was involved in the accident, was asked to put this young man who was injured on his boat, which he refused to and said he was going to go for help," said Sheriff Penzone. "Instead of going for help, he fled."

Officials say Medina was hospitalized with a traumatic brain for almost two months and still has not fully recovered.

Penzone said a break in the case came on a tip that helped a detective find the boat.

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