Boy, 12, killed in wakeboarding accident

June 1, 2010 4:40:13 AM PDT
The holiday weekend turned deadly on Lake Houston when a wakeboarder collided with an inner tube with kids on it. A young boy died in one of two accidents involving watercraft on and around Lake Houston. Regular visitors to the lake say they're not entirely surprised that it happened.

On the last day of the busy Memorial Day weekend, the talk around Lake Houston was of something far more somber than water and sun and boats.

"The story that I heard was that a young boy on a raft and I heard that a wakeboard guy went over the topside of him," boater Clint Simon said.

Scott Adley, 12, died of the spinal cord injuries he sustained in the west fork of the San Jacinto River leading up to Lake Houston. Sunday. The Kingwood boy had been with two friends on an inner tube towed by a boat.

One friend wasn't hurt. The other friend remained in the hospital Monday with injuries to his face.

"We don't believe alcohol is going to be a factor in this," Houston Police Department Lake Patrol Sgt. Tolan Hardin said. "We haven't seen any evidence of any gross negligence yet."

The Houston Police Department Lake Patrol is still early in its investigation but won't call it just an accident.

The people on the river say it's been so busy with people and boats and rafts and toys that something was bound to happen sometime.

"We were wondering how there wasn't an accident already, just from last weekend watching 'em," visitor Michael Kelley said. "And now I hear there's an accident. I'm not surprised."

"It's very narrow right there," visitor Julie Kelley said. "There should be some kind of boundary or signs or something."

There's no word if charges will be filed against the wakeboarder or the people towing him. But the lake regulars are sad a young life ended so soon.

There was a second accident on Memorial Day weekend. It involved two jet skis. No one died but there were serious injuries.

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