boat accident

Dawn M. Steinkuehler, 42, of High Ridge died early Saturday morning (July 25) when she was riding in a boat at the Lake of the Ozarks in Camden County and another boat crashed into it, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported.

Four others were hurt in the accident, including two who were seriously injured.

In addition, a 52-year-old New Haven man was arrested for suspicion of boating while intoxicated following the accident, the report said.

The accident occurred at 12:02 a.m. in the main channel near the 18 mile marker, where the New Haven man was driving a 1995 Sea Ray downstream and struck the port side of a 2005 Formula headed upstream and driven by Scott M. Comia, 42, of O’Fallon, the report said.

Steinkuehler, who was a passenger in the Formula, was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:17 a.m.

Comia and three other passengers in the Formula were injured.

Two of the passengers – a 13-year-old High Ridge girl and Brad W. Steinkuehler, 43, of High Ridge – were seriously hurt and taken by helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia, the report said.

Comia and another passenger – Jason A. Ashby, 43, of Eureka – had minor injuries. Comia was taken by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach, and Ashby was taken by the highway patrol to Lake Regional, according to the report.

No injuries were reported for the New Haven man.

None of those involved in the accident were using safety devices, the patrol reported.

The Formula was totaled, and the Sea Ray was moderately damaged, the report said.

The highway patrol arrested the New Haven man at 1:06 a.m. for one count of BWI with death to another, two counts of BWI with serious physical injury, and one count of careless and imprudent operation of a boat.

He was expected to be held for 24 hours at the Camden County Jail before being released pending application for warrants, according to the report.

The man’s name will not be published unless charges are filed against him, and as of this morning, none had been filed.