Deadly accident when jetski and boat collide in Lemon Bay


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Deadly accident when jetski and boat collide in Lemon Bay

By Dave Culbreth. CREATED Dec 23, 2013

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. - Tragedy on the waters, a prominent attorney and father on vacation in Southwest Florida dies after his jet ski collides with a boat just a few days before Christmas. Several more people were injured in the crash including a teen.

A tragic ending for a prominent Kansas City attorney with his family on vacation. Lee Hollis was involved in a crash Sunday afternoon on Lemon Bay off of Stump Pass Marina in Englewood.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, Hollis was riding a jet ski in the Intracoastal Waterway and along side him on his left was a 28 foot Nautic Star boat. Both turned right into Stump Pass and then something went terribly wrong. They collided. Three of the four people in the boat were thrown into the water as was Hollis. A sailboat which was nearby saw the collision and rescued them.

All four were taken to Stump Pass Marina where, according to the Charlotte County EMS, it was determined that Hollis needed one of his legs amputated. While he was being taken to the hospital for that, he suffered a heart attack. He was stabilized at Englewood Hospital then transported to Blake Hospital in Bradenton where he was going to get his leg amputated. Monday afternoon he died.
Three of the four people in the boat were around the age of 40 and one was 13. One of the adults was also taken to the hospital. The FWC investigated much of last night and continues to investigate. It says, unlike car accidents, boating accidents, which happen on water, are much more difficult to determine exactly what happened. the FWC is saying that alcohol use in suspected but did not say which person or person were suspected.

The FWC did not say the extent of the alcohol use nor whether anyone will be charged in Hollis's death. Hollis had a wife and three boys.