A boat driver involved in a collision on Lake Washington that killed one woman and sent two others to the hospital Wednesday night was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of homicide, according to Seattle police.
The 46-year-old Renton man was driving a powerboat when it struck a sailboat off of Leschi, police spokesman Drew Fowler said. The person operating the sailboat remained under investigation Thursday, Fowler said.
A man hospitalized after the crash was in serious condition Thursday in the Intensive Care Unit of Harborview Medical Center, spokeswoman Susan Gregg said. The other victim, a woman, was treated at the trauma center and released.
The Seattle Fire Department was called to Lake Washington about 10:35 p.m. after reports that a 25-foot powerboat and a 21-foot sailboat had collided near Lake Washington Boulevard and East Jefferson Street, spokesman Kyle Moore said.
The powerboat appeared to have broadsided the sailboat about a half mile from shore, Fowler said.
Seven people were on the sailboat and three of them fell into the water in the crash, ding to Moore. None of the four people on the powerboat fell into the water, according to reports.
Medics performed CPR on a woman in her mid-20s, but she died at the scene. The other two victims, a man is his early 40s and a woman in her early 30s, were taken to Harborview with fractures and lacerations, Moore said.
Boaters on another vessel helped the people in the water after the crash and towed the sailboat to shore. The powerboat was brought in by the police Harbor Patrol.
Police were working to have blood drawn to screen for alcohol and other substances, Fowler said. Both boat operators cooperated with police, he said.
The Renton man has a 2002 conviction for reckless driving , according to King County District Court records.