St. Joseph man charged in fatal boat accident

2 years 1 week 2 days ago Friday, September 14 2018 Sep 14, 2018 Friday, September 14, 2018 4:11:35 PM CDT September 14, 2018 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. JOSEPH (AP) — A St. Joseph man faces two felony charges after a fatal boating accident during the Memorial Day weekend.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports 41-year-old Cletus Barsch was charged Thursday with boating while intoxicated, resulting in death. He also was charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said Barsch was driving a boat that struck another boat at the Lake of the Ozarks on May 26. A passenger in the second boat, 20-year-old Alec Potthoff, of Van Meter, Iowa, suffered a serious head injury. He died last month at a care facility in Des Moines, Iowa.

Barsch's 14-year-old daughter and two other passengers on the second boat suffered minor injuries.

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