Excessive speed blamed for deadly boat crash in Missouri

August 28, 2018 - 6:40 pm
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Authorities are blaming excessive speed for a boat crash that killed three people from Kansas at Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol released its crash reconstruction report more than three months after a 1991 Regal Runabout slammed into a rock bluff in the early morning hours of May 19. The report also said the "nighttime conditions" played a role, and noted that the boat lacked navigation aids, such as a chart plotter or GPS unit.

The crash killed Joseph LeMark, 23, Daniel Lewis, 24, and Hailey Hochanadel, 21. LeMark and Lewis were from Overland Park, Kansas; and Hochanadel was from Olathe, Kansas. Two others were injured.

Toxicology and autopsy reports have not yet been released.

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