43-year-old man riding jet ski dies after hitting back of boat near Dunedin Causeway

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Deputies say speed does appear to be a factor in the crash

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — UPDATE 5/3: Pinellas County deputies say 43-year-old Jose Rivera-Reyes has died as a result of the injuries he received in the crash.

There are no criminal charges pending.

ORIGINAL: One man was seriously injured Saturday morning after he crashed into the back of a boat near the Dunedin Causeway.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, 56-year-old David Steffano was operating a 28-foot Chaparral Bowrider boat just before 11:30 a.m. going eastbound alongside the Dunedin Causeway with five people aboard.

Deputies say Steffano saw a personal watercraft moving at a high speed from the south to the north. He told officials the watercraft had a non-constant bearing and believed it would travel behind his boat.

Due to heavy traffic on the water, Steffano said he directed his attention to the left side of his boat, which is when the personal watercraft hit the back of his boat, according to deputies.

Forty-three-year-old Jose Rivera-Reyes was thrown into the water after hitting the boat.

The sheriff’s office said Steffano told officials he immediately stopped his boat and helped get Rivera-Reyes out of the water and called 911.

The boat, personal watercraft and all individuals involved were brought to the closest boat ramp at 343 Causeway Boulevard in Dunedin.

Rivera-Reyes was taken to Mease Hospital in Dunedin with life-threatening injuries. No passengers on the Chaparral Bowrider were injured.

Deputies say speed appears to be a factor in the crash.

An investigation into the crash is still underway.

No other information has been released at this time.

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