American Lake boating accident: teenage kayaker seriously injured in hit-and-run

A teenage boy was seriously injured in a hit-and-run boating accident while he was kayaking on American Lake in Pierce County. The boy, David Kenny “DK” Ross, age 14, was found face down in the lake after his kayak was apparently hit by a power boat which left the accident scene. According to The Seattle Post Intelligencer, it is unknown how long Ross was in the lake before he was pulled out. He was taken to Madigan Army Medical Center at Fort Lewis with “life-threatening” injuries.

The boating accident occurred on Sunday afternoon. American Lake is bounded by Fort Lewis and is located about 13 miles south of Tacoma near Interstate 5. The area where young Ross was found was between Silcox Island and Veterans Affairs Property.

Witnesses said they had seen a 19-20 white Cutty Cabin with full mooring canvas speeding across the lake during the day. Police would like to talk to the owner of this boat. The Lakewood Police department is asking anyone with information about the boat owner or the accident to call them at 253-830-5000.

When the boat operator is found who was involved in this accident, they could be charged with RCW 79A.60.060, Assault by Watercraft. Assault by Watercraft is a Class B felony. It can be charged of anyone who caused serious bodily injury, involving a substantial risk of death, if the person was operating the watercraft in a reckless manner or if the person was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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