Teen Seriously Injured When Boat Malfunctions & Crashes (PHOTOS)

By Emma Koch

Credit: Indiana DNR

Teen Seriously Injured When Boat Malfunctions & Crashes (PHOTOS)


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July 8, 2013 Updated Jan 9, 2014 at 1:31 PM EDT

KOSCIUSKO COUNTY, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an unusual boat accident which left a teenager with serious injuries.

Riley Wagner, 16, of New Paris Ind., is in the hospital with serious injuries after a mechanical failure sent a boat crashing onto the shore of Lake Wawasee Sunday evening.

A 2005 Nautique being operated by Marshall Dillon, 18, of Goshen Ind. suffered a broken linkage handle as Dillon was preparing to dock the boat.

Investigating Indiana Conservation Officer Jon Cook reports that as Dillon was preparing to dock his boat which Wagner was a passenger in, the mechanical failure occurred causing the boat to accelerate out of control and hit the seawall near the 11000 block of Venetian Dr. sending it airborne onto land.

The boat came to rest on private property but upon impacting the sea wall, Wagner was ejected from the boat approximately 50 feet and she ended up in the roadway on Venetian Drive. Wagner was taken to a local hospital where she is being treated for her injuries.

There was significant damage to both the watercraft and the property where the watercraft landed. Indiana Conservation Officers were assisted at the scene by Syracuse PD, Syracuse FD, and Syracuse EMS personnel.

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