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Georgetown man fined in 18-year-old's boating death

A Georgetown man, who was driving the boat in which a teen was killed when the inner tube she was riding struck a bridge piling, pleaded guilty to careless operating the boat and was fined by a magistrate.

Randy Shaw, 45, appeared before Magistrate Isaac Pyatt on Thursday and was fined $205 on the charge, according to court records.

Shaw could not be immediately reached Friday for comment.

The charge stemmed from Aug. 14, when 18-year-old Allison Brooke Howell died from injuries she suffered when an inner tube she was riding on with a friend being pulled behind a boat struck a bridge piling, according to authorities. The other girl suffered a fractured leg.

Howell died at Georgetown Memorial Hospital that afternoon from head and body injuries, Georgetown County Coroner Kenny Johnson said at the time of the incident.

At first authorities thought the boat was turning around at the Dunbar Bridge on the Black River, but the investigation revealed the boat was going under the bridge, authorities said.

Ronald Talbert, an attorney who represents Howell’s family, said the family is evaluating their options regarding any civil proceedings in the case.

“I think they’re probably relieved that this part is over with and thankful that Mr. Shaw plead guilty to the charges,” Talbert said Friday. “The fine levied is no way indicative of the tragedy and the loss they’ve suffered.”