Patrol Reports Triple Fatality Boat Crash at Lake of the Ozarks
The Missouri Highway Patrol has reported a boat crash that occurred early Saturday around midnight in which three people were killed.
According to the report, the accident happened at Lake of the Ozarks in Camden County at Mile Marker 47.5 on the main channel.
A 1991 Regal Runabout was headed upstream when it collided with a rock bluff at 12 a.m. May 19.
The impact ejected the driver, 22-year-old Hayden M. Frazier of Overland Park, Kan., and two occupants, into the water.
Frazier reboarded the vessel and paddled to a dock across the channel.
Three of the boat's occupants were pronounced dead at the scene, according to the report.
24-year-old Daniel R. Lewis of Overland Park was pronounced dead at 4:03 a.m. on the boat.
23-year-old Joseph J. Lemark of Overland Park was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:03 a.m. after dragging operations recovered his body.
21-year-old Hailey M. Hochanadel of Olathe, Kansas was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:14 a.m. after MSHP divers recovered her body.
Frazier was taken to Lake Regional Hospital for medical treatment.
Frazier was later arrested around 6:30 a.m. on three counts of Boating While Intoxicated involving the death of another, Boating While Intoxicated resulting in serious physical injury, and Negligent Operation of a Vessel. He was transported to the Camden County Jail on a 24-hour hold, pending the filing of formal charges.
21-year-old Ashley K. Lamb of Olathe was taken to Mercy Hospital in Springfield by Staff For Life.
Hochanadel and Lemark's bodies were taken to Hedges Scott Funeral Home in Camdenton.
Lewis' body was taken to Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles.
The boat had extensive damage and was transported to a MSHP storage facility.
A total of 11 Troopers worked the accident scene, according to the report.
Ironically, May 19-25 Is National Safe Boating Week. According to the Patrol, "boaters are encouraged to arrange for a thorough inspection of their boat prior to taking it out on the water this boating season. Weather, time, and other elements may affect the readiness of your boat. The Patrol’s marine operations troopers are available to inspect the required equipment on your boat, at your request, to make sure you’re in compliance with state law."