A young boy from New Jersey, Christian Arabas, passed away after hitting his head in a boating accident in a Boynton Beach canal. The 14-year-old was killed in what his family is calling a “freak” boating accident near Pioneer Canal Park.
So How Did it Happen
Arabas was sitting backward on the stern of an 18-foot boat, according to family and Boynton Beach police, as the boat went under a set of water pipes. He ducked, but not long enough, his family said.
The 14-year-old hit the back of his head on a cement support structure. The city’s Fire Rescue dive team found the teen and took him to Delray Medical Center, where he died.
“It truly was just an accident,” said Arabas’ aunt, Donna Caloia.
Caloia, who lives in Palm Beach Gardens, said Christian and his 17-year-old brother had recently moved with their mother, Meredith, last week to the Lake Worth area from River Edge, New Jersey, a borough in Bergen County. A new job opportunity brought the family to Florida, Caloia said.
Christian, his brother and a new friend were heading east through the canal at the time of the crash.
Caloia said her nephew loved the water and wanted to be a lifeguard. Christian, who would have been going into his freshman year of high school, was “always the class clown,” she said.
She remembered Christian asking her last week to help him improve in the 40-yard dash. He wanted to improve for the basketball season.
As of Monday afternoon, a GoFundMe webpage set up to assist Christian’s family already has raised more than $33,000 of the $50,000 goal. Those interested in donating can search “Arabas Family Fund” on the website.
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