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TODAY   |  July 29, 2013

Boat driver charged in tragedy that killed bride

Investigators are still looking into the circumstances surrounding a tragic boat accident Friday night that killed a bride-to-be and best man, and the boat’s driver has been charged with vehicular manslaughter and vehicular assault. NBC’s Katy Tur reports.

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>> boating accident here in new york that claimed the lives of a bride-to-be and her fiancee's best man. katie has the latest on the investigation. good morning.

>>> good morning savannah. that accident left four others injured including the groom. he will be undergoing surgery later today . this as we're learning more about the driver. police say 35-year-old jojo john does have a history of drug arrest and they do have reason to believe he was intoxicated at the time of this accident.

>> reporter: two weeks before their wedding day, a tragedy, lindsey stewart and brian bond were on a boat that slammed into a construction barge in the hudson river . stewart and best man mark lennon were killed. others were seriously injured.

>> i can't talk about it now, i'm sorry.

>> reporter: stewart 's mother spoke to reporters saturday hoping for a miracle but by sunday police had recovered two bodies from the river.

>> it's horrific. i don't think you can put words to the fact of what we need to do to console these families and i don't think you can.

>> raymond lennon, his best man, mark lennon 's brother.

>> he was wild at heart . every day was an adventure.

>> friends since childhood, stewart and bond fell in love four years ago. they were supposed to wed at this church august 10th . instead, friends gathered here sunday morning to mourn.

>> everybody is really shook over this.

>> the reverend spoke with the groom to be in the hospital.

>> it's hard to tell a mother and father that their daughter is not coming home. it's hard to tell a fiancee he lost his bride-to-be.

>> they say the lights were out but she argues the conditions can be disorienting.

>> it's hard to explain but on the river the lights on the background play tricks on your eyes. while the bridge was lit up all the way around, the barges were not. they might have had a small light on the stop if so but it was a black mass .

>> reporter: jojo john is still recovering from serious injured. he was arraigned in the hospital on charges of vehicular manslaughter and assault. police will be looking into pressing more charges later today , carson.

>> that's terrible. katie, thank you