The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

October 5, 2012

Lake authority cites alcohol, speed in crash

JAY, Okla. — A preliminary report from the Grand River Dam Authority states that alcohol and excessive speed contributed to a fatal boat crash in July on Grand Lake.

Four people were in the 20-foot boat when it hit a breakwater barrier near the Arrowhead Yacht Club area on the Duck Creek arm of the lake.

Authorities said 39-year-old Monte Price was thrown from the boat. His body was found 12 hours later.

The Oklahoman newspaper reported that the group was cruising on the lake after a wedding. The report said Grand River Dam Authority police had stopped the boat about two hours before the crash for not following lake rules.

The report states that the boat was speeding, and that opened and unopened beer cans were found in and near the boat.

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