Sinton man killed on Lake Corpus Christi, near Pernitas Point

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Orange Grove Journal

The Texas Parks and Wildlife is still investigating the death of a Sinton man last Friday night after he was thrown from the boat he was in on Lake Corpus Christi.

Tony Diaz, 25, was travelling at night with three other individuals, one man and two women, when the boat struck a fishing pier.

Diaz was the only individual ejected from the boat, but one individual was taken to CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital for their injuries.

The pier was in the Pernitas Point area, in northern Jim Wells County near the border with Live Oak County.

Game Warden Stormy King, who is in charge of the investigation, would not release the names of the other young people on board the boat.

He did say that one was from Sinton and the other two were Jim Wells County residents.

Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Karin Knolle ordered an autopsy.

King said the investigation is on hold until results come back from autopsy testing.

He has not determined yet whether alcohol was a factor in the accident, and would not say whether alcohol was found at the scene, citing an ongoing investigation.

"We still don't know 100 percent the cause of the accident. One contributing factor though was low visibility," King said.

The other three individuals stayed in the boat until officers arrived on scene.

Officials were able to maneuver them back to shore following the accident.

King said he did not know at this point whether charges would be filed in the case. He was told it would be two weeks to a month for lab results to come in.

In the three years he's worked in the Jim Wells County area, King said this is the first boat related fatality he has seen at Pernitas Point.