JAY — A Jay Middle School principal surrendered to authorities after learning he was charged in connection with a July boat crash on Grand Lake that killed family friend Monte Price, his attorney said Saturday.
Roger Shane Carroll, 39, of Eucha, was charged Friday in Delaware County District Court with felony first-degree manslaughter and misdemeanor reckless operation of a vessel.
“Based on the evidence, I am disappointed charges were filed,” said Winston Connor II, Carroll's attorney.
“I can hardly imagine this (criminal case) will be more than an unnecessary expenditure of funds that puts the Price and Carroll families through heartache,” Connor said.
Connor said his client would appear in court Monday. He was released Friday from Delaware County jail on $11,000 bail.
Jay school board member Leroy Hendren said since charges were filed Friday no immediate action was taken but school officials would be looking into the matter Monday.
“At this point, why should there be any action taken?” Connor asked, referring to Carroll's position with the Jay School District.
Calls to the Price family Saturday were not returned.
Carroll and three others were aboard a 2008 Tahoe boat when it struck a breakwater structure near Arrowhead South Marina about 2 a.m. July 29.
The crash ejected Price, 39, of Jay; Brian Smith, 39, of Tahlequah; and Brooks Carroll, 17, of Eucha.
The elder Carroll was found in the boat but was injured in the crash. Price's body was found 12 hours later in 50 feet of water in the Duck Creek arm of Grand Lake.
Alcohol use and excessive speed contributed to the crash of the nearly 22-foot vessel, according to a Grand River Dam Authority preliminary report. The group reportedly had attended a wedding and reception early in the day.
Numerous opened and unopened cans of beer were found in and around the boat, and an odor of alcohol was detected on Smith and Shane Carroll at the time of the crash, the report states.
A blood-alcohol test was performed on Shane Carroll, but results were not listed in the report.
An autopsy report showed Price was intoxicated, and the cause of death was accidental drowning.
Shane and Brooks Carroll denied the elder Carroll was driving the boat, saying Price was operating the boat when it crashed but witnesses and Smith told police the elder Carroll was driving the boat.
The GRDA preliminary report states Shane Carroll was operating the boat.
The report states Shane Carroll said to GRDA police: “Why are you doing this to me? You can't do this to me. I am a principal at Jay schools, and I have a family.”
GRDA police said in their report they were not able to determine the boat's speed at the time of the crash, but the boat was above idle, a violation of the rules for the Duck Creek area. The boat was stopped two hours earlier for the same violation, the report states.
No one in the group was wearing a life jacket.
Brian Kuester, the district attorney for Adair, Cherokee, Sequoyah and Wagoner counties, was appointed to the case after Delaware County Attorney Eddie Wyant recused himself shortly after the incident, citing a conflict of interest.