One thing we haven’t explored in this sad case is Lynn Thornton’s career. Just a few months before the crash on Clear Lake that took her life, Lynn had retired after more than 25 years in law enforcement. She was an investigator for the State Department of Consumer Affairs. Her family now says she would be terribly upset with the way her case is being handled, that the wrong man is being charged.
We’ve been reporting for the past year and a half that a power boat driven by the number two official in the Lake County Sheriff’s Office slammed into a sailboat carrying Lynn and her friends. The power boat operator, Russell Perdock, admitted going as fast as 45 miles an hour on a dark, moonless night. Yet, it’s the man who happened to be sitting at the tiller of the sailboat who is facing charges in Lynn’s death.
Her family sent letters to the judge in the case this week, urging him to reduce the charges from felony manslaughter and boating under the influence to misdemeanors. You can read the letters from Lynn’s brothers and her sister in law here. We’ll be there in court tomorrow to report what happens with the defense motion.
And, you can watch all of our investigations on this case at the links below. As always, we welcome your comments.
• Fatal boat crash: Wrong man charged?
• Fatal boat crash: Witnesses tell different story
• Lawsuit negotiations in fatal boat crash
• Unusual tactics by boat crash investigators
• Dept. of Justice to investigate boat crash
• Official changing story in fatal boat crash
• Court appearance in fatal boat crash case
• Fatal boat crash: Conflict of interest?
• Preliminary hearing into Clear Lake boat crash
• Lawsuits settled: Perdock Gets Mothing