REDINGTON SHORES, Florida -- For the first time Wednesday, the father of a 15-year-old girl killed in a tubing accident in Redington Shores spoke out.
David Gallagher described the pain he and the family are going through.
"It's brutal," he said. "It's a nightmare that I wouldn't wish on anyone."
His daughter, Osceola High School student Deviny Boese, was killed Tuesday afternoon in the crash near the Redington Yacht and Country Club. She was riding in a tube with a group of friends when investigators said the tube crashed into a dock, sending Boese and another teen flying.
Gallagher said he and his daughter went to breakfast on Tuesday before he dropped her off to go boating. He told 10 News he didn't know a 15-year-old would be operating the boat. Especially one who Pinellas deputies said didn't have his parents permission to be behind the wheel, nor did he have the proper training.
"I just wish he would have had a little more experience," Gallagher said.
That teen, Brandon Noah, was cited in the crash.
Gallagher said he and his daughter had recently been spending more time together after years apart. He said she dreamed of cheerleading in college and of becoming an orthodontist.
While investigators said the crash could have been prevented if not for the boat operator's recklessness, Gallagher said he's willing to forgive the 15-year-old. "He didn't do it intentionally. It's not like he did it maliciously or anything like that. It was an accident," he said.
Deputies said speed and alcohol were not factors in the crash.