Boating accident on Lake Tapps kills one, injures nine

One person is dead and nine people injured after a motor boat collision on Lake Tapps in Pierce County, Washington.

According to the East Pierce Fire & Rescue department, two boats collided around 10:37 pm between Inlet Island and Interlake Island. Witnesses said they saw one boat traveling at an estimated 25 mph before the crash; Lake Tapps has a “no wake” rule after dark which stipulates that no boat can travel more than 5 mph.

From piecing together reports from The Seattle Times, King5TV.com and KOMOTV.com, it appears as if one boat was speeding and crashed into and over the other boat, throwing the driver of the second boat into the water and injuring all the people on board the boat that was hit. Divers later found the driver’s body using underwater cameras.

Of the nine people injured, two people are in critical condition and one is in serious condition. The injured were taken to Harborview Medical Centert in Seattle, Tacoma General Hospital, Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup and Madigan Army Medical Center.

The operator of the alleged speeding boat may have been boating under the influence. He was arrested and booked into Pierce County Jail for investigation of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault. Vehicular homicide may be charged if someone dies as a result of negligent operation of a vehicle while the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident or if the operator was driving recklessly. Vehicular assault can be charged if someone is seriously injured while a person was driving recklessly or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

This is the second boating tragedy with a fatality and multiple serious injuries within the past three days in the greater Seattle area. In the other accident, a beloved Bellevue Middle School Music teacher, Heather DeHart, 38, of Bothell was killed after a speeding boat hit the sailboat that she was on.

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