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DNR releases names of those involved in Clear Lake crash

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is releasing the names of the juveniles involved in Friday’s crash on Clear Lake involving two personal watercrafts.

Kyle Olberding, 15, of Glidden, was operating the personal watercraft that struck a second personal watercraft with McKenna Holahan, 17, Wynee Bond, 17, and Ellie Shimp, 17, all of Cedar Falls, onboard. Shimp was transported to a hospital in Rochester, Minn. 

Olberding’s passenger was Grant Borkowski, 16, of Carroll.

Olberding was charged with Reckless Use of a Watercraft – Iowa Code chapter 462A.12(1) and Operation of a Watercraft by an Underage Person Without Boating Education – Iowa Code chapter 462A.12(6).

DNR conservation officers remind those operating personal watercraft to stay at a safe distance from other personal watercraft and avoid what they commonly see on Iowa waters of one personal watercraft trying to splash nearby personal watercrafts.

Regardless of age, the DNR encourages everyone who will operate or ride as a passenger on a motorboat or personal watercraft to take an online boater education course, which can be found here: http://www.iowadnr.gov/Things-to-Do/Boating/Boater-Education.

 

Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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