One dead after 'horrific' water scooter collision on N. Texas lake

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by TODD UNGER / WFAA

WFAA

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 7:02 AM

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas — An Irving man was killed after the personal watercraft he was riding collided with another early Monday evening.

Investigators said it was the worst kind of accident that can happen to someone on a water scooter.

"He had a lot of trauma," said Grand Prairie Assistant Fire Chief Bill Murphy. "You’re unprotected, nothing around you, and we’re thinking the Jet Ski itself impacted his body.”

Murphy described it as a "T-bone" collision. Details about what led to the crash near the Lynn Creek Marina on the northwest part of the lake were sketchy.

A female passenger on the personal watercraft was uninjured, as were the two people riding on the one that plowed into the victim.

The Texas Game Warden has taken over the investigation. There were no initial signs that alcohol or drugs played a role in the accident.

"It looks, right now, like just an accident," Murphy said.

Cathy McLean was on the lake with her daughter and a group of friends. They were all riding water scooters, too, and noticed a rush of police and fire crews around 5 p.m.

"We just came in, and it was a horrible commotion, and we switched drivers," she said.

The victim, identified as 42-year-old Wayne Story of Irving, was taken to Methodist Mansfield Medical Center in critical condition, but later died.

A full investigation is underway.

This is at least the second death on North Texas lakes over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. A Little Elm man's body was recovered from Lewisville Lake on Sunday after his boat capsized Friday evening.

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