NC Wanted

Wildlife enforcement officers arrested Robert Gentry after he turned himself in hours after the fatal boating accident on Lake Mayo.

Authorities have charged a 33-year-old man in a boat collision that killed a woman Sunday evening on the Mayo Reservoir in Roxboro.

Robert Franklin Gentry drove a ski boat into the back of a pontoon boat, killing the pontoon owner’s wife, Tammy Duke, according to North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission officials.

The ski boat went through the pontoon and struck Duke and knocked her into the water just before 10 p.m.

Duke was pronounced dead a short time later at a local hospital. Investigators said they don’t know if she died from the impact or from drowning.


He was charged with boating while impaired, careless and reckless boat operation resulting in the death of a person and failure to render assistance and submit identification at a boat accident. Wildlife officers continue to investigate the case.

Gentry posted $25,000 bond Monday. His next court date is July 27.

According to NC Wanted witness on Gentry’s boat dispute the delay in contacting authorities after the accident and he left the scene to get his boat out of the water before it sunk.

What happened is senseless in my view. I can’t imagine worrying more about your boat sinking then the injured people you knocked into the water after colliding with their boat.