Lake LBJ crash victim ID’d
A Texas Parks and Wildlife Department spokesman on Tuesday identified the person who died in a Sunday boat wreck on Lake LBJ as 23-year-old Karah Brooks of Midland.
The three other people on the boat were injured: James Bradley Murdock, 33, Michala Murdock, 32, and Trey Harper, 32, all of Midland, spokesman Steve Lightfoot said.
The three were taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin with serious injuries Sunday, said Clara Tuma, a spokeswoman for the Lower Colorado River Authority.
Harper and James Murdock have been released; Michala Murdock remains in fair condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Lightfoot said the 21-foot pleasure boat was traveling down the Colorado River arm of Lake LBJ when it hit a series of granite rocks and ramped on top of the rocks. The crash occurred about 12:15 a.m. Sunday, he said.
Lightfoot said it wasn’t immediately clear whether speed or another factor may have contributed to the collision. He said the collision occurred in an area of the lake that can be difficult to navigate, especially at night and for a boater who is not familiar with the area.
“It’s still under investigation,” he said. However, “it’s a pretty dangerous stretch of river because of those granite outcroppings.”