Girl killed, father hurt when struck by boat on lake in Temple

Lady Bird Lake, Lake Austin, and the Colorado River downstream of Longhorn Dam are closed until Wednesday, June 1 at noon. (KXAN File Photo)
Police searching for lake-goers boating while intoxicated (KXAN File Photo)

TEMPLE, Texas (AP) — A young girl has died and her father had his legs amputated after they were struck by a boat on a Central Texas lake.

Temple police said in a statement Saturday that 4-year-old Katlyn Oliver died about an hour after suffering severe lacerations from the propeller of a craft described by authorities as a recreational house boat.

Police say the boat struck both Katlyn and her 37-year-old father Friday evening at Temple Lake Park.

The unidentified father suffered his injuries as he attempted to help his daughter.

He was listed Saturday in serious condition.

Police say a 43-year-old Killeen man is being held at the Bell County jail but online jail records don’t indicate a charge against him.

Authorities also didn’t indicate if the man was the driver of the boat.