UPDATE: 19-year-old charged in fatal Beaufort Co. jet ski crash

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BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. (WSAV) – A 19-year-old has been charged in connection with a jet ski crash that killed a young Pittsburgh woman.

Kyle Meinert, 19, is charged with negligent operation of a water device in the death of 20-year-old Ciara Eiriz.

The two were from the same area in Pittsburgh and have mutual friends, but News 3 is told Meinert did not know Eiriz.

The crash happened Tuesday afternoon on the Calibogue Sound. Officials with Bluffton Township Fire District said Eiriz suffered a severe head injury in the crash.

According to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO), the incident happened on the water around 12:45 p.m. Multiple agencies, including the Beaufort County Coroner’s Office, responded to the C.C. Haigh Jr. Boat Landing, located between Hilton Head Island and Bluffton.

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is leading the death investigation.

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