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Galloway Man Charged With Aggravated Manslaughter in 2019 Fatal Boat Accident

Galloway Township

A Galloway Township man has been charged with Aggravated Manslaughter in connection to a fatal boat crash in July 2019 that killed a 39-year-old woman, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Cary Shill announced.

According to Prosecutor Shill, on Monday, December 20, Arthur Lesbirel, 45, was arrested and charged with Aggravated Manslaughter in connection to a boat crash that occurred on July 21, 2019, on the Intercoastal Water Way in Galloway Township. 

An investigation has determined that Lesbirel was operating a boat recklessly and caused a boat passenger, Iesha Thies, 39, of Mays Landing, to be ejected from the boat. 

According to the investigation, while in the water, the boat’s engine propeller struck Thies, causing fatal injuries. 

Thies was pronounced deceased at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center – City Division, where she was transported following the incident.

Lesbirel has been lodged at the Atlantic County Justice Facility pending a detention hearing.