Hit-and-run: Lake Mary man killed when boat strikes personal watercraft on Lake Monroe
FWC IDs victim as Reid McMenamy; boat sought
SANFORD, Fla. – The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is asking for the public's help as it seeks information about a hit-and-run that occurred on Lake Monroe.
According to Chad Weber with FWC, the boating accident occurred at about 10:30 a.m. Saturday on Lake Monroe near channel marker 6.
"FWC is trying to piece together what took place," Weber said.
Weber said witnesses reported seeing a fishing boat hit a personal watercraft and then leave the area.
"We're looking for a boat that is approximately 16 to 18 feet in length. It's a white center console with a black motor. It's a fishing style vessel operated by a white male and they headed south or east on the St. Johns River," Weber said.
FWC said two good Samaritan vessels stopped to help the victim and brought him back to Wayside boat ramp.
The victim was identified as Reid McMenamy, 43, of Lake Mary.
McMenamy was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, officials said.
“Injuries include lacerations and open skull fracture to the back of his head, and a dislocated arm” FWC added.
Officials said they are trying to find the boat and operator that struck McMenamy.
"We've been looking for a boat with maybe some fresh damage to the front end or any portion of the boat, a fiberglass boat, that's going to have some maybe red, black paint transfer on it," Weber said.
Weber said FWC officers are following up on leads, but they face several challenges to solve this hit and run.
"You can see it's a vast body of water and trying to work backwards to try to figure this out," he said.
FWC is hoping someone saw something and will help them figure out what happened.
"We're really seeking some resolution for the family in this," Weber said.
Anyone with information about the incident can call the FWC at 888-404-3922 or 407-275-4150.
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