Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces indictment in boating death

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Glenn Riegelsberger (DOB 8/6/58) in the death of Jeffrey Foster.  Riegelsberger is charged with 2 counts of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide (Felony 2 and Felony 3), 1 count of Aggravated Vehicular Assault (Felony 3), 1 count of Vehicular Assault (Felony 4), 2 counts of Failure to Stop after an Accident (Felony 3 and Misdemeanor 1) and 1 count of Operating a Vessel in a Low Speed Area (Minor Misdemeanor).  If convicted of all charges, he faces the possibility of 23 years in prison.

Riegelsberger is charged with causing the death of Mr. Foster on June 9th when both men were boating, in separate boats, on the Ohio River near Riverside Park in Sedamsville.  Witnesses reported that Riegelsberger was operating his boat at an excessive speed in the harbor area.  

The boat that Riegelsberger was piloting ran over the top of the victim’s boat causing serious injury to Mr. Foster and his passenger Jennifer Holwadel.  The bow of Riegelsberger’s boat struck Mr. Foster in the head.  Mr. Foster was transported to University Hospital where he died two days later.  Miss Holwadel sustained a broken back in the incident.

Riegelsberger docked his boat after running over Mr. Foster’s boat and fled from the scene on foot.  The police found alcohol in Riegelsberger’s boat when they searched it soon after the incident.

Prosecutor Deters commented, “The cowardly act of this defendant to mow over two innocent people is outrageous.  To then flee the scene and leave them fighting for their lives is disgusting.”