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Boston Duck Boat Driver Involved In Fatal Crash Has Lengthy Driving Record

BOSTON (CBS) - The driver of the duck boat involved in a fatal crash in Boston this weekend has a lengthy driving record.

The RMV has revoked Victor Tavares' license while the fatal crash is investigated.

"This was done as part of a standard suspension action that the RMV invokes when there is a fatality," a MassDOT spokesperson said.

Tavares, 41, has had 10 speeding tickets, three seat-belt violations and one surchargeable crash since 1994. He is currently not facing criminal charges.

On Saturday 28-year-old Allison Warmuth was hit and killed by a Boston Duck Tours vehicle while riding on a scooter with a friend.

Family and friends of Warmuth are devastated over her death. Ryan Turcotte says, "It's absolutely horrible. Sorry give me sec." Her former boyfriend chokes back tears when talking about it.

Her mother told WBZ she is now busy trying to plan her daughter's funeral and can't focus on anything else.

WBZ went to Tavares' Brockton home Monday night, but he would not come to the door.

Police say the duck boat and the scooter were traveling on Charles Street just before noon on Saturday. The duck boat hit the scooter while both were making a right turn onto Beacon Street.

Boston Duck Tours says they most recently reviewed Tavares' driving record in March. "Given the discrepancies between the information we received from the DMV and the information reported, we will be contacting the respective agencies tomorrow and we will provide any updated information," Boston Duck Tours CEO Cindy Brown said in a statement Monday night.

The company says says "safety has always been our number one priority" and their drivers go through "a rigorous training period."

The accident has resurrected safety concerns over the popular WWII amphibious tour-craft.

Related: Citing Deaths, Lawyer Calls For Duck Boat Ban

Last year, four people were killed in Seattle. Before that, a pedestrian was killed in Philadelphia. And in 2010, two others killed when a duck boat in Philadelphia collided with a barge.

Attorney Bob Mongeluzzi represents some of those victims' families.

"I thought how many people have to die by duck boat before they're banned?" Mongeluzzi said. "They're war machines, and they're used to promote tourism but let me tell you something, you don't promote tourism by killing tourists or killing locals."

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said the city will examine the safety of the vehicles after police have finished their investigation.

"It's certainly tragic, it's still under investigation by our police department to see exactly what happened there," Mayor Walsh said. "We're going to take a look too, but we're going to wait for police do their investigation until we move forward to do anything else."

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