A Canandaigua man faces a charge of endangering the welfare of a child in connection with a personal watercraft crash May 16, in which a good Samaritan died while trying to help the child.
Raymond L. Foster, 36, of 3586 County Road 4 was charged June 26, according to the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office. According to the sheriff’s office, Foster was operating the watercraft on a private pond at 3550 County Road 4 and had an 8-year-old boy on board when a crash happened. Neither Foster nor the boy were wearing personal floatation devices that are required for minors.
Foster will appear in Hopewell Town Court to answer the charge.
Chris Barber, 40, of Bloomfield, a bystander, dove into the water to help the child but had some sort of medical event and began drowning. Sheriff Kevin Henderson said after the accident. Deputies got him out of the water and performed CPR, but he was pronounced dead at Thompson Hospital.