FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
KAYAKERS CITING FAILURE OF DA TO PROPERLY CHARGE DRUNKEN BOATER SUE FOR CATASTROPHIC INJURIES CAUSED BY PROPELLER
Press Conference Friday May 10, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.
Dolan Law Firm, 1438 Market Street
On October 28, 2018, at approximately 4:00 p.m., a ski boat driven by San Mateo Attorney, Stephen Andrew Chiari, ran over 15-year-old Francesco (Chicco) Adamo as he was kayaking with his father Filippo in the Marina Lagoon in San Mateo, California. Chiari, operating a ski boat in the lagoon, was under the influence at the time of the collision and was arrested for reckless operation of a boat and operating a boat while intoxicated with injury. Before becoming a lawyer, Chiari served as a police officer for the City of Oakland for 13 years. Chiari is scheduled to be arraigned on 8:30 a.m. Monday May 13, 2019, before Judge Amarra Lee in Department 19, Courtroom L, at the San Mateo County Courthouse – Northern Branch, located at 1050 Mission Road, in South San Francisco, California. A civil lawsuit is being filed Friday May 10th alleging battery and drunken boating causing great bodily harm.
The crash resulted in the propeller inflicting life threatening wounds to Francesco’s skull, lungs, spine, chest and the base of his brain. Francesco’s father Filippo stated, “I was screaming to them to watch out, watch out, trying to alert them to my son, but they just sped into him and the next thing I knew he was in the water, face down, with blood everywhere. I thought my son was dead. When we pulled him from the water, he was lifeless and not breathing. I gave CPR and tried to care for him the best I could until the Ambulance came and took him to Stanford. I went with him, wet to the bone, praying my son wouldn’t die.” At the Stanford University Trauma Center, dozens of specialists, including trauma, orthopedic and neurosurgeons, operated feverishly to save his life. Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Gerald Grant MD is quoted as saying “I felt like I was back in the military operating theater in Iraq since Chicco’s injuries were so severe.” https://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/service/trauma/stories/francesco-adamo
After six months of no action, the San Mateo County District Attorney’s office has told Francesco’s family that they will not be charging Chiari with a felony but, instead, with two misdemeanors: operation under the influence and reckless or negligent operation of a boat. Debra Scott, Francesco’s mother stated “We have waited over 6 months for the District Attorney to act. This case has been bounced around from Assistant DA to Assistant DA as a low priority for over six months. To now learn that the DA is only charging this man with a misdemeanor is offensive and unacceptable. My son was shredded and nearly killed by this man’s boat as he sped along a recreational waterway while intoxicated and he is going to be charged with a misdemeanor! Is he getting a pass because he used to be a cop? We demand that the DA charge him with the felony of operation of a boat under the influence of alcohol causing great bodily injury.” “With boating season coming back upon us the DA needs to decisively state that drinking and boating will not be tolerated and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent.”
Francesco’s parents will describe the traumatic events of October 28, his treatment and recovery, their dissatisfaction with the DA’s handling of the case and their call for a felony charge to be prosecuted. There will also be a discussion of the civil lawsuit filed against Chiari. Copies of the suit, as well as photos of the injuries sustained by Francesco will be distributed.For further information call Chris Dolan at 415-279-2604 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.