BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH) - Driver inattention is being blamed for the boating crash thatkilled 51-year old Susan Collier and her 8-year-old grandson GagePruett.
"Alcohol was not a factor in the crash," said IndianaConservation Officer Angela Goldman.
Officers say the accident happened when a small bass fishingboat was hit by a 23-foot-long Cobalt speed boat on Lake Monroe.The crash happened in the far south end of the reservoir betweenthe dam and FourWinds Marina near Harbour Marina at around 8p.m.
That boat was being driven by 19-year-old Winston Wood and19-year-old Michael Marietta was a passenger. Matthew Holmberg,also 19, was being towed on a wakeboard.
Susan Collier and her husband had decided to take their threegrandsons for an evening boat ride. The three brothers aretriplets. According to the DNR, Susan and her husband were thrownfrom their boat after it was struck.
Susan's husband, James was taken to Bloomington Hospital withinjuries to his leg. He has been treated and released. Officers saythe other two grandchildren on the boat are doing OK.
So far, no charges have been filed against either driver.
Outside the Collier home, friends and family gathered to comfortone another.
Jolene Eckerd lost her sister in the accident. She describedSusan Collier as the family organizer - the glue who kept everyonetogether.
"She was just a wonderful person. She loved her family she hadso many friends. She was always so giving it wasn't just about herand her family it was about everybody. She loved everybody. I can'tbelieve it. Can't believe it happened. I love my sister, my family.We're just devastated" said Eckerd.
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