Monday, June 9, 2008 | 4:18 p.m.
The National Park Service is investigating how a 52-year-old California man accompanied by his son in a boat backed over and killed a woman who was swimming in the waters of Lake Mohave on the Arizona side.
Lois Johnson, 54, a California visitor, died Saturday after she was hit by a propeller of a boat and suffered severe injuries to her right leg, the park service said. Park service investigators have not charged the man nor identified him at this time.
Park service investigators said the man driving the board had entered a busy cove called Gasoline Alley, a popular boating area. They were trying to avoid other boats entering the area when the driver reversed his engines and backed over Johnson, investigators said.
Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor in this accident, a park service media release said Monday.
Although both boater and swimmer were from California, they were not related, park service spokeswoman Mary Hinson said.
This is the 14th fatality at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, which includes Lakes Mead and Mohave, the park service said. It is the second boat accident that has resulted in a death in the area this year.