Man arrested in boating hit-and-run

MILLEDGEVILLE - An Eatonton man was arrested Thursday in a boating hit-and-run accident on Lake Sinclair that killed a 48-year-old man last weekend.

Mark Howard Entrekin, 49, was charged with homicide by vessel, a felony, and three misdemeanors: reckless operation, failure to render aid, and failure to report an accident, said Cpl. Doug Bridges of the state's Department of Natural Resources.

Entrekin was the operator of the deck boat that hit Mark Baxter and his family about 10:30 p.m. Saturday as they returned to shore after watching fireworks from their pontoon boat, Bridges said. Baxter and his wife were thrown into the water. The deck boat kept going.

Baxter's wife and her 25-year-old daughter sustained only minor injuries. Baxter likely was killed by blunt force trauma in the impact with the boat, Bridges said.

A tip from the public led to Entrekin's arrest. Authorities were questioning three other people who were in Entrekin's deck boat, which was impounded, Bridges said.

- From wire reports