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July 16, 2014 at 11:10 PM

Power boat operator arrested in fatal Lake Washington crash

Seattle Police prepare to tow away a powerboat and sailboat, seen behind Police boat, after they collided about a half-mile from shore near Lake Washington Boulevard and East Jefferson Street on Wednesday evening. The incident left one person dead and two injured. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

Seattle Police prepare to tow away a powerboat and sailboat, seen behind Police boat, after they collided about a half-mile from shore near Lake Washington Boulevard and East Jefferson Street on Wednesday evening. The incident left one person dead and two injured. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

Update 11:10 a.m.

The Renton man booked into the King County Jail for investigation of homicide in connection with a fatal boat crash on Lake Washington on Wednesday night has a 2002 conviction for reckless driving , according to King County District Court records.

Update 7:42 a.m.:

A boat operator involved in a collision on Lake Washington that killed one woman and sent two others to the hospital on Wednesday night has been booked into the King County Jail for investigation of homicide, according to Seattle police.

Seattle Police Department spokesman Drew Fowler said the suspect, a 46-year-old from Renton, had been piloting a 25-foot powerboat struck a sailboat off of Leschi. Fowler said Thursday morning that the person operating the sailboat remains under investigation.

Susan Gregg, spokeswoman for Harborview Medical Center, said Thursday morning that a man hospitalized after the crash remains in serious condition in the Intensive Care Unit. The other victim, a woman, has been treated and released from the trauma center.

Original post:

One woman died and two others are in stable, but serious condition after a boating crash on Lake Washington late Wednesday night.

The Seattle Fire Department responded to reports at 10:39 p.m. that a 25-foot powerboat and a 21-foot sailboat had collided near Lake Washington Boulevard and East Jefferson Street, according to Kyle Moore of the Seattle Fire Department. The collision occurred about a half mile from shore, Moore said.

Seven people were on the sailboat and three of them fell into the water during the crash, according to Moore. Medics performed CPR on a woman in her mid-20s, but she died at the scene. The other two victims, a man is his early-40s and a woman in her early-30s, were taken to Harborview Medical Center with fractures and lacerations, Moore said.

None of the four people who were on the powerboat fell into the water, according to reports.

The powerboat appears to have broadsided the sailboat, but details are not clear, according to Drew Fowler of the Seattle Police Department.

Drew Fowler, Seattle Police public information officer, briefs the media about the collision. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

Drew Fowler, Seattle Police public information officer, briefs the media about the collision. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

Police are obtaining warrants to draw blood to screen for alcohol and other substances, Fowler said.  Both boat operators are cooperating.

Boaters on another vessel assisted the people in the water after the crash and towed the sailboat to shore. The powerboat was brought in by the SPD’s Harbor Patrol, Fowler said.

Wrapped in towels, the people from the boats who were not injured were picked up from the scene.

Both boats were damaged, but still afloat as emergency officials continued their investigation into early Thursday morning.

 

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