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Indian vacationer freed of manslaughter charge in Ocho Rios jet ski crash

Published:Saturday | February 25, 2017 | 2:50 AM

Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer

Thirty-four-year-old Ranjan Mandyal has been freed of manslaughter charges in connection with a 2013 jet ski crash that resulted in the death of a six-year-old girl.

Little Tanoya Hyman of Christiana, Manchester, died shortly after she was hit by an out-of-control jet ski being driven by Mandyal, an Indian man vacationing in Jamaica.

The incident happened at a beach in Ocho Rios, St Ann.

Hyman's two smaller sisters who were among  members of her family on the beach were injured in the crash.

At the end of a one-week trial in St Ann yesterday, a seven-member jury returned the not guilty verdict on the manslaughter charge.

Hyman, who has made several trips to the island since the crash was represented by attorney Linton Gordon.

The crash was among a series of mishaps involving jet skis that caused the government to introduce several restrictions on the water sport.

Since then, reports of jet ski accidents have dropped significantly.