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The Lake News Online
  • On-the-water hit and run under investigation

  • The Missouri Highway Patrol is asking for help locating the driver of a boat involved in a hit and run over the weekend.

    The driver of the hit and run that ploughed over the back end of a fully lighted 20' Chris Craft was that drifting, waiting to watch fireworks at the 31-mile marker.
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  • The Missouri Highway Patrol is asking for help locating the driver of a boat involved in a hit and run over the weekend. The driver of the hit and run that ploughed over the back end of a fully lighted 20' Chris Craft was that drifting, waiting to watch fireworks at the 31-mile marker. The incident was reported around 9:30 p.m. July 5 near Larry's on the Lake. The boat that was hit was carrying a family of five. No one was injured. The Chris Craft was driven by William Foley, 74, of Bayshore, Kansas. The boat sustained heavy damage in the crash. According to an officer at the scene, passengers saw the oncoming vessel and waved and yelled in attempt to have the driver change the course of the boat. When the two boats collided, the boat that left the scene ran up on the back of the Chris Craft and off the starboard side. Immediately after the impact, the boat idled through the congestion and took off up the Niangua Arm of the lake. Foley was able to get the boat to the dock at Larry's on the Lake. After making sure the boat was not taking on water, he was able to drive the vessel home. The swim platform had been crushed and the hull was open. The impact crushed the awim platform and opened the hull of the Chris Craft. The type of vessel that hit the Chris Craft is currently unknown but the passengers and some witness say it could have been a bass boat. The red Chris Craft had white paint on it following the crash. The grab rails on the Chris Craft were pulled out all along the starboard swim platform and up past the motor cover. Officers said the impact was hard enough to have caused damage to the other boat.

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