The Oklahoma Boat Accident Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers say the state highway patrol has released a report with new details regarding an accident involving three watercraft on the 4th of July. The incident left two young children seriously injured and claimed the life of a 55-year-old man.
According to an article from the McAlester News-Capital, a 30-year-old man was operating a 1999 Crownline ski boat along Lake Eufaula after dark with no lights on. Witnesses say the vessel was traveling at roughly 40 MPH when it collided with a pontoon boat, went airborne, and then struck another motorboat.
The impact of the crash caused several passengers from each of the vessels to be thrown into the water, some with serious injuries. The man who caused the crash got back into his watercraft and fled the scene. He turned himself into police five days after the incident, leaving police unable to determine if intoxication by drugs or alcohol may have played a part in the crash. Charges are pending the outcome of an autopsy on the deceased victim.
Despite criminal charges not being filed yet in the matter, the families of the victims have filed civil suits against the boater who caused the crash.