AUSTIN (KXAN) — A family’s weekend on the lake ended abruptly with injuries and thousands of dollars in damage to their boat. The person who caused the collision took off, leaving the victims with no information.
“It was pretty traumatizing, the whole boat went on top of me because I was in the water. My husband and my daughter both got flown across the boat, both cut by glass, it was pretty scary,” said Ali Luedeman, whose family boat was destroyed last weekend.
Leudeman and her family were wake-surfing near City Park, also known as Emma Long Park, on Lake Austin. Luedeman said she was in the water and her husband and 3-year-old daughter were on the boat when two people on a yellow and black jet ski T-boned the side of their 2014 Tige RZR.
“They hit the boat, the girl hit the windshield flew off into the water,” said Luedeman. “The windshield shattered, glass everywhere and well all got cut.”
Police said the man driving the jet ski picked up the woman who was thrown about 20 feet and then took off toward the 360 Bridge.
“Out here that’s actually the first time I’ve seen a collision in that type of aspect,” said Daryl Burrell, a senior officer with the Austin Police Department. “I mean that was a main t-bone, especially with a personal watercraft being a small boat like it is and the damage that occurred on that 20 foot Tige. I’m shocked and my concern is with that young lady or that guy, what kind of injuries did they sustain, are they OK?”
Police said they do not have much information and didn’t really get a description.
“That was the last thing we were thinking about is somebody hits you and then run. We were like, ‘Hey where are you going?’ and they just took off,” said Luedeman.
“It was one of those things, they could have pulled into any dock. There are so many places for somebody to hide on a jet ski,” said Burrell, who hopes the people involved in the crash will turn themselves in. “Accidents happen all the the time, just do what’s right.”
According to Progressive Insurance they see more boat claims during the Fourth of July weekend than any other three-day period in the year.
Luedeman said she was concerned for her family and the woman who hit the windshield, but is upset they took off.
“Depressing. I worked really hard to buy this boat and now it’s gone,” said Luedeman, who is now waiting to hear from the insurance company to see if their 8-month-old, $80,000 boat, is totaled.
Burrell said there is a personal watercraft ban starting Thursday at sundown until Monday morning on Lake Austin. That includes wet bikes, motorized surfboards and similar devices. Kayaks, canoes and paddleboards are allowed. If a person is caught using a personal watercraft, they could face a ticket.