Fatal Boating Accident on Colorado River; 2 Dead; 2 Missing, 9 Hospitalized
CALIFORNIA, (Sept. 4, 2018) — Brian Grabowski, 50, of Tulare, and Christi Lewis, 51, of California, have been identified as two of the four people missing when two boats collided head-on Saturday night on the Colorado River at the California-Arizona border. They were found dead in the days following the crash.
Kirra Drury and Raegan Heitzig, both of Ventura, California, remain missing. The four people went missing after Saturday’s collision where 16 boaters were thrown in the water. The body of Lewis was found on Monday and Grabowski was found on Tuesday. The two other missing women have not been located.
The head-on collision occurred about 8 p.m. on Saturday night when the two boats hit each at speeds estimated to be 50 mph. The crash took place near Moabi Regional Park on a stretch of the Colorado River north of Lake Havasu. One of the boats was carrying 10 people and the other had six aboard when the crash took place. All 16 people were thrown into the water and none were wearing life jackets.
Nine other people were injured in the collision including two who were airlifted to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas, police said. Seven people were transported by ambulance and treated for less serious injuries, officials said.
A Go Fund Me page was established for the family of Kirra Drury.
BOAT ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION
In the aftermath of this boating collision, police are reviewing the facts and determining what caused the crash and who is liable. It’s unknown at this time whether alcohol was a factor.
If you were injured or have lost a loved one in a boating accident, it’s likely that there will be significant financial losses such as medical bills, lost wages and more.
Johnson Attorneys Group has been handling these types of cases throughout California for more than a decade. We urge you to contact us to request a free consultation so that we may guide you through the steps and ensure your case is handled professionally and compassionately. Please call us for a free consultation at 855-703-4186.
— Johnson Attorneys Group is a proud, longtime supporter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
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