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Victim remains hospitalized in water scooter, boat collision

Youth killed in crash described as 16-year-old Russian

Posted: July 2, 2012 7:00 p.m.
Updated: July 2, 2012 7:00 p.m.


A water scooter rider who survived a boating crash Sunday that killed his friend remained in serious condition at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital on Monday, the lead investigator said.

“We’re still investigating,” said Sgt. Roger Wallace of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Parks Bureau. “But now we have some witnesses.”

A 16-year-old boy vacationing in California from Russia died Sunday after a collision between a water scooter, or personal watercraft, and a boat on Pyramid Lake, Wallace said.

At 3:45 p.m. on the lake north of Castaic, a 21-foot ski boat collided with a the Waverunner, which had turned into the path of the boat, deputies said.

The ski boat operator jumped into the water to help the Waverunner operator who was later identified as the 16-year-old, they said.

The boy was found motionless and face-down in the water.

His passenger, who had been on the same water scooter, was injured and struggling in the water.
The man operating the boat, a 30-year-old who was not injured and whose name was not released, pulled the motionless boy and the passenger onto his boat.

Sheriff’s deputies tried to save the boy’s life by administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but they were unsuccessful.

The injured Waverunner rider was airlifted to the hospital.

On Monday, an investigator with the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Department in the field gathering more information about the fatal crash, said coroner’s spokesman Lt. Fred Corral.

“The deceased is a 16-year-old male Russian,” Corral said, adding the boy was listed as staying in Hollywood.

“His father is in Russia, and although we have a name for the deceased, we are still trying to reach the father,” Corral said.

The boy, the survivor and the ski boat operator were all friends on vacation, sheriff’s deputies said.

Although an official cause of death has yet to be established, the deceased boy suffered multiple injuries.

Alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in the accident, officials said.



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