UPDATE TO JUNE 2017 FATALITY BOAT ACCIDENT

Posted on Friday, January 12th, 2018 at 2:46 PM

On 6-10-17 at approximately 2010 hours, The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, along with several other public safety agencies responded to a report of a single boat crash that occurred in the South Basin of Lake Havasu.  

Through investigations, it was determined that the sole boat involved, made a sharp turn causing all six occupants to be ejected into the water.  Good Samaritans were able to pull 5 of the boat’s occupants out of the water.  One of those that was pulled from the water, Bruce Buchanan 50 years of age from Redondo Beach, CA, was pronounced deceased at a local hospital.  The sixth occupant, Jennifer Martin 31 years of age from Los Angeles, CA, was missing for several days.  Her body was recovered on 6-13-17  by MCSO Division of Boating Safety personnel on the lake bottom.  Speed and alcohol were a factor in this crash.

The Mohave County Attorney’s Office has charged the operator of the boat involved, Brian Simmons 49 years of age from Hawthorne, CA, with two counts of Manslaughter for the death of Jennifer Martin and Bruce Buchanan.  He was also charged with three counts of endangerment for the surviving passengers.