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Man charged in boating crash that killed USC student

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Chad Morris (Source: Clarendon County Detention Center) Chad Morris (Source: Clarendon County Detention Center)
Hailey Bordeaux (Source: Facebook) Hailey Bordeaux (Source: Facebook)

MANNING, SC (WIS/AP) - The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has arrested a man in a Lake Marion boat crash that killed a University of South Carolina student last month.

Capt. Robert McCullough said 38-year-old Chad Morris has been charged with reckless homicide by boat and failure to render aid. Authorities said he left the scene without helping.

"It's one of those cases that we've been working on since it happened," McCullough said.

Twenty-one-year-old Hailey Joanne Bordeaux of Sumter died in the crash after the boat she was in was hit by another boat on the lake on July 4.

"On the lake, you know, there's no speed limit," McCullough said. "Any speed that you can't maintain control of your boat or proper lookout, knowing where you're at or what you're doing can be so. Whatever speed that is, obviously, it was enough to strike and kill someone."

McCullough said Bordeaux was with her boyfriend and two others in a boat stopped at a landing when the crash occurred just before 1 a.m. Others onboard came away with minor injuries.

Investigators believe more details in this case are expected to be released closer to the trial date, but early signs indicate both boats did have their lights on.

Bordeaux, a 2011 graduate of Sumter High School, was a senior at the University of South Carolina, according to her obituary. She was honored as a member of the Teaching Fellows of USC and a member of the Phi Mu Sorority.

Friends remembered Bordeaux as a caring and outgoing person who loved children and was looking forward to a promising career in teaching. 

Morris is out of jail on $40,000 bond. Investigators believe more details in this case are expected to be released closer to the trial date.

Copyright 2014 WIS. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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