June 2006

Woman Critically Injured In Crash on Lake Mohave

AZBW NEWS SERVICE — A California woman was critically injured May 14 in a boating accident on Lake Mohave.

The 18-year-old woman suffered massive head injuries around 2:20 p.m. when the personal watercraft she was a riding on — which, National Park Service officials say, was driven by a 16-year-old teenage girl also from California — drove in front of a boat operated by another 16-year-old male from California.

Authorities reported that the operator of the boat tried to evade the personal watercraft but was not able to miss it completely.

The boat hit the rear end of the PWC. The young woman was hit several times by the boat’s propeller, they said.

A witness to the accident called for help and brought the injured woman to a launch ramp at Katherine Landing where park rangers and an ambulance crew administered medical aid.

The, woman, who was not identified by National Park Service officials, was taken to a local hospital in the Bullhead City area.

Because of the serious nature of her injuries she was later airlifted to the UMC Trauma Center in Las Vegas.