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Mo. State Hwy. Patrol not sure who was operating boat on Ozarks before it crashed, killed 3 people

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CAMDEN, Mo. — In an updated report released Tuesday, the Missouri State Highway Patrol says they are not sure who was operating a boat when it struck a rock bluff on the Lake of the Ozarks in central Missouri and killed three people.

One person was arrested following the crash on three preliminary charges of boating while intoxicated involving a death of another person. He has since been released from jail, and state troopers say they are not sure who was operating the boat when it crashed.

The deceased victims were identified as:

  • Joseph J. Lemark, 23, of Overland Park, Kan.
  • Daniel R. Lewis, 24, of Overland Park, Kan.
  • Hailey M. Hochanadel, 21, of Olathe, Kan.

Ashley K. Lamb, 21, of Olathe, Kan. suffered serious injuries.

Hayden Frazier, 22, of Overland Park suffered moderate injuries. All five people involved were friends who graduated from high school in Olathe.

The crash report says Frazier, Hochanadel and LeMark were ejected into the water in the crash that happened before 2 a.m. Saturday. State Patrol Sgt. Scott White said Frazier climbed back aboard and paddled the 1991 Regal Runabout across the channel to a dock at Simmons Point.

A neighbor called to report the incident.

Camden County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office issued the following statement Wednesday:

The Camden County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is announcing a development in the May 18th multiple fatality boating accident at the Lake of the Ozarks.  The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s continuing investigation has revealed that Mr. Hayden M. Frazier of Overland Park, Kansas was not piloting the vessel at the time of the accident.  As a result of this discovery this office has no intention of filing any criminal charges against Mr. Frazier stemming from the accident.

The CCPA would like to thank the Missouri State Highway Patrol for their hard work in their investigation and we extend our condolences to the families of everyone who was aboard the vessel.  Additional information will be released as it is deemed appropriate.

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