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Officials remove the 21-foot Stingray powerboat involved in an accident on the Hudson River from the water in Piermont, N.Y, on Saturday, July 27, 2013.  (AP Photo/The Journal News, Frank Becerra Jr.) Officials remove the 21-foot Stingray powerboat involved in an accident on the Hudson River from the water in Piermont, N.Y, on Saturday, July 27, 2013. (AP Photo/The Journal News, Frank Becerra Jr.)

PIERMONT, N.Y. (AP) — The driver of a speedboat that slammed into a construction barge on New York's Hudson River -- hurling a bride-to-be and her fiance's best man into the water -- has been charged with vehicular manslaughter.

Authorities say 35-year-old Jojo John of Nyack was also charged with three counts of vehicular assault at his hospital bedside as he recovers from Friday night's crash.

Rockland County Sheriff's Department Chief William Barbera says John's bail was set at $250,000. He says the man will be transported to jail after he's released from the hospital. Barbera says John is suspected of operating the boat while intoxicated.

Earlier today, authorities pulled a woman's body from the water that matches the description of 30-year-old Lindsey Stewart. The bride-to-be was hurled into the water after the accident near the Tappan Zee Bridge, north of New York City.

Stewart, of Piermont, N.Y., worked for an insurance company. She was set to be married Aug. 10. Her fiance, art teacher Brian Bond, was among four others injured in the crash.

Rescuers are still trying to locate one other passenger, her fiance's best man, 30-year-old Mark Lennon.

Officials say the groom-to-be and three others were hospitalized.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

This is an update. The previous story is below.

PIERMONT, N.Y. (AP) — A bride-to-be and her fiance's best man were missing Saturday after a speedboat carrying six friends crashed into a construction barge near New York's Tappan Zee Bridge. Four others, including the groom-to-be, were hurt.

The crash happened late Friday, shortly after the 21-foot Stingray left the village of Piermont for a short trip across the river to Tarrytown, authorities said.

Rescuers searched for the missing boaters for several hours overnight before suspending the hunt. They resumed the search at about 9:30 a.m.

The missing woman was identified by her mother as 30-year-old Lindsey Stewart, of Piermont.

"It can't end like this," Carol Stewart, told WABC-TV as she waited on the shore. She said her daughter was to be married Aug. 10.

Four other people, including the groom-to-be, were hospitalized after being pulled from the damaged boat. At least one person aboard was knocked unconscious in the crash.

Rockland County Sheriff's Department Chief William Barbera declined to identify the victims. He said the barge, one of several loaded with construction material for an upcoming replacement of the bridge, was equipped with lights, but it was still difficult to see on the water so late at night.

He said the cause of the accident is under investigation.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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