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Drew Gerken Fatal Boat Accident on Lake Oroville in West Branch Bridge

Drew Gerken Killed, 5 Injured After Boat Crash on Lake Oroville

Drew Gerken Fatal Boating Accident on Lake Oroville in West Branch BridgeOROVILLE (May 14, 2018) – One person was killed, and several others were injured in a boating accident Sunday evening on Lake Oroville in the area of West Branch Bridge.

The fatality was identified as 27-year-old Drew Gerken, of the Paradise or Chico.

According to Action News Now, a boat struck the shore in Dark Canyon area on the north side of the channel at approximately 6:30 p.m. The boat was running 30 miles per hour when it crashed into the bank.

Authorities said six people were ejected upon impact. One victim, later identified as Gerken, suffered deadly injuries as a result of the incident.

Five other unidentified people were reportedly harmed in the crash. The conditions at this time of the victims remained unknown.

Brandon Smith, 29, Arrested on BUI After Lake Oroville Boat Crash

Meanwhile, primary reports indicated the boat operator, 29-year-old Brandon Smith, was arrested following the crash. The man was taken into custody on Boating Under the Influence, and was charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Further investigation on the case is ongoing.


We offer our warmest of thoughts, and our prayers to all the parties involved and their families in this difficult time.


Wrongful Death and Personal Injury Lawyer

Based on this news report, it appears that Mr. Brandon Smith will be held liable for the boat crash that killed Mr. Drew Gerken, and injured several other people.

Once the investigation process finally proves that Mr. Smith was operating the boat while intoxicated, then the family members of Mr. Gerkin and the victims may have the right to a wrongful death and personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault.

If you, or your loved one, have been a involved in similar incident and you are unsure of what steps to take, contact our experienced wrongful death and personal injury lawyers today at 855-703-4186 and allow us to provide you with a free case consultation.

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