Yes, it was that very same Ed McCarthy.
This accident is eerily reminiscent of the one which Brad Gorman from Ocean Beach Marina was involved in, 17 or 18 years ago. It was almost the same scenario. Brad was piloting a larger boat at or around sunset, and had a 17-foot whaler run into him, at speed. IIRC, that collison resulted in at least one fatality. Even though Brad was later found innocent of any wrongdoing, the accident haunted him until his untimely death a few years later.