Hebron Man Dies From Injuries In Boating Accident

A Hebron man died Wednesday from injuries sustained last weekend in a boating accident in Union. Richard J. Franas Jr., 40, died at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, according to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Authorities say Franas was aboard a 17 foot power boat that crashed into rocks and trees on the shore of Mashapaug Pond late Saturday night.

The alleged operator of the boat, Michael J. Antol, 41, of Middletown was taken to Johnson Memorial Hospital in Stafford with minor injuries and has since been released, said DEEP.

The accident remains under investigation by Environmental Conservation Police and State Police.


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