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A 23-year old from Grand Haven faces prison time for a boat accident that killed a man from Fruitport last month.

Victor Gouveia was charged Thursday with Operating a Vessel While Intoxicated (OVWI) causing Death, and a second charge for OVWI causing Injury.

Sgt. Keith Koeman, with the Ottawa County Sheriff's Marine Patrol Division, says on July 11, 2009, Gouveia was driving his 1990, 28-foot Baja on the Grand River, when it crashed head-on with a 19-foot Wellcraft. The impact threw 53-year old Edward Johnson and his friend, 48 year old Barbara Briggs, overboard.

Briggs was rescued from the water; after searching for hours, police found Edward's body the next afternoon.

Police arrested Gouveia the night of the crash, but had to wait for the results of toxicology tests before the charges were authorized. If convicted, Gouveia faces up to 15 years in prison.

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