Houseboat crash still under investigation

October 2010 News Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer

It will likely still be a couple of months before a decision will be made on charges regarding the fatal speed boat-houseboat collision that occurred in July in Magna Bay.

Chase RCMP Sgt. Troy Beauregard estimates it could be at least two more months before all the technical data in the investigation is compiled.

Then, once all the information is gathered, the recommended charges are forwarded to Crown counsel, who will make a decision on charges.

The speedboat and houseboat crashed head-on about 11:20 p.m. Saturday, July 3, as boats were leaving Magna Bay in Shuswap Lake following the annual Canada Day weekend fireworks display. The speedboat ended up completely embedded inside the cabin of the houseboat.

Killed was 53-year-old Kenny Brown of Chase, the driver and owner of the houseboat.

Driving the speedboat was Leon Reinbrecht of Celista. A document filed by police to obtain a search warrant stated that, inside the speed boat, police found 27 liquor containers. That evidence has not been proven in court.


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