Not to take away from the seriousness of the tragedy but I have real a burnzmyaz problem with cruiser wakes at times. In the Ohio river you may be rafted up or near shore and a fat az cruiser will come by at full plow speed. Not on plane and not off plane. Just a wake 5 times what it should put out. Other times in the chute behind the island hiding under a shade tree some of the more clueless one but at least partially considerate will slow from plane speed to full plow as if they are doing you a favor. It just makes a bigger wake. I think they like it.
I have seem much damage from these types of boats and inconsiderate operation. It is real bear to be at the gas dock and have them come by throwing a monster wake. The river is a 3/4 mile wide but apparently they want to read the pump price as they go by instead of going to the other side of the river.