Lake LBJ crash vic­tim ID’d

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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.”

Karah Brooks

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