UPDATED: Canyon Country Woman Dies In Boating Accident On Colorado River
UPDATED 2:21 p.m. Wednesday
Services have been scheduled for Brittany Stark, the Canyon Country woman killed in a boating accident on the Colorado River Sunday and an account has been set up to help her family with funeral expenses.
Viewing is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 1 at Eternal Valley Mortuary, 23287 N. Sierra Highway in Newhall. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Clare's Catholic Church, 19606 Calla Way in Canyon Country, with burial at Eternal Valley following the services. A reception at the Stein home on Live Oak Springs Canyon Road will be held after the services.
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In addition, a saving account has been opened at the Wells Fargo Bank at 19401 Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country, with all donations going to the family.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, deputies responded to the part of the river near Parker Strip, south of Emerald Cove Resort at 10:26 p.m. Sunday, where the boat and victims were found.
Gregory Kettelkamp was operating a Ski Centurion boat southbound on the river, traveling at approximately 25-35 miles per hour. In addition to Kettlekamp, there were eight other passengers onboard the vessel, including the 21-year old Stark.
For an unknown reason, Kettelkamp struck the shoreline, causing the vessel to stop abruptly and ejecting several passengers from the boat. Stark received serious injuries during the collision and she was transported to La Paz Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.
Two other passengers receive major injuries and were flown to Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix. The remaining passengers were treated and released at La Paz Regional Medical Center.
Investigating officer Sgt. Tim Smith told Today’s News-Herald (havasunews.com) that the group was not taking precautionary measures.
“I don’t think any of the people on board last night were wearing life jackets. They were operating in the dark, with no moon.”
The accident is under investigation by deputies from the Colorado River Station Marine Enforcement Unit. It is unknown at this time if alcohol was a contributing factor in the collision. Anyone in the area who witnessed the crash and have information is asked to call Deputy Dave Smith at the Needles Police Department at (760) 326-9200.