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MCSO investigating crash at Bartlett Lake


NORTH VALLEY – A teenager was seriously injured in a boating accident on Bartlett Lake on Sunday afternoon. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Lake Patrol Division is seeking information on the crash.

According to MCSO, the head-on crash involved a speedboat and a personal water craft. The 15-year-old water craft rider sustained severe injuries to his face and head and was transported to shore by other boaters. Deputies found him unconscious but breathing. He was transported by air to Maricopa Medical Center; he remains at the hospital in stable but serious condition.

The speedboat involved left the scene. MCSO conducted a search at the lake, but the suspect/s were not located.

MCSO said the speedboat may have had a black canopy top, with a possibly light grey hull, with tones of charcoal and black. MCSO is seeking to contact two people of interest in this case; one boat occupant is described as a white male about 30 years of age, approximately 5’9, with a shaved head and well-trimmed goatee, and the other occupant has been described as possibly a black-haired Hispanic female, about 20 years old.

Lake Patrol Detectives ask anyone who was involved in helping at the scene or witnessed any suspicious activity at the boat ramps around that time to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (602) 876-1011.