AZBW NEWS SERVICE — A 14-year-old boy was killed, and four other
people were injured in a collision between two boats on Lake Havasu.
The boy, Malachi Chace of Tenino, Wash., was one of two passengers
in a 20-foot Sleekcraft operated by Richard Huebner II, 43, of
Olympia, Wash., that collided April 6 head-on with a 20-foot Ranger
bass boat operated by John Barnes, 66, of Moreno Valley, Calif.,
Mohave County sheriff’s spokeswoman Patricia Carter said.
Other boaters pulled the five victims from the water and took
The Sleekcraft sank while the Ranger bass boat continued in
circles after the collision.
Chace was declared dead at the scene, Carter said.
The four injured persons were transported to the Lake Havasu
Regional Medical Center. Huebner and Jordan Gaken, 19, of Lake
Havasu City, the other passenger in Huebner’s boat, were later
airlifted to a Las Vegas hospital.
Barnes and the other man in the bass boat — Steven Ellis, 47, of
Fontana, Calif., — were treated and released that evening from the
Lake Havasu hospital.
Carter said that the accident is under investigation.