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Beer, Tequila & Drugs Involved in Fatal Boat Accident

Grand Lake – On May 14th, 2013 a combination of beer, tequila and anti-depressants all played a role in a fatal boat accident that occurred on Grand Lake, which took the life of a Grove woman.

According to a preliminary report released by the Grand River Dam Authority police, the 22-year-old defendant of Tulsa had consumed around 10 beers, one tequila shot and he had taken an unknown anti-depressant that was not prescribed to him at the time of the accident.

The boating accident occurred on the Duck Creek branch of Grand Lake, it took the lives of two young people, a 21-year old woman from Grove and a 21-year-old man from Texarkana, Arkansas.

Just before the collision, the 21-year-old defendant was operating a 21-foot Cobalt southbound on Duck Creek when he crashed into a 96-foot Fantasy houseboat which was docked on the northeast corner of Arrowhead Yacht Club.

According to the GRDA preliminary report, the bow of the Cobalt was stuck in the back wall of the houseboat and the Cobalt's motor was resting on the back deck of the houseboat.

It's unknown exactly what speed the Cobalt was travelling but the preliminary report lists excessive speed, driver inattention and alcohol use as some of the factors in the crash. According to the spokeswoman for the medical examiner, the female victim died from blunt force trauma to the head and neck while the male victim died from blunt force trauma to the head; both of the deaths were ruled an accident.

The 21-year-old driver of the Cobalt was injured in the accident and taken to Craig General Hospital in Vinita. He was subsequently arrested at the hospital and cited with operating a vessel while under the influence. He was later released on a medical own recognizance bond according to the GRDA incident report.

Winston Conner II, the defendant's attorney said his client is "utterly depressed and devastated" by the accident and was cooperating with GRDA police to complete the investigation. The Delaware County assistant district attorney said that he is waiting for the final report from the police and will decide what, if any charges will be filed against the defendant. The assistant D.A. said that all factors will be weighed in the decision including the wishes of both victims' families. In the least he may be charged with boating under the influence but he could also be charged with first-degree manslaughter.