Ohio River boat collision leaves one dead, four injured

CAMPBELL COUNTY, KY (FOX19) - A Florence teen has died and four others are injured following a boat crash early Saturday morning on the Ohio River.

Police say around 12:40 a.m., a 38-foot vessel and an 18-foot run-a-boat collided in the water between the Big Mac Bridge and Queen City River Boats.

The smaller boat was completely destroyed in the crash, sending its five passengers into the water. Four people were rescued and sent to the hospital, two with critical injuries. The fifth passenger, identified by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife as Timothy Austin Hagedorn, 17, was not found immediately.

Water rescue crews searched into the morning for Hagedorn, but heavy fog prohibited a speedy discovery. It was around 11 a.m. Saturday when the body of the Florence teen was finally found.

No one on the larger boat sustained any injuries.

Police say the smaller boat had just left the Beer Celler before the accident and their lights were not running. It's unknown if life vests were being worn or if alcohol or drugs played a factor.

The incident was reported to 911 by a person in a condominium who was looking at the river and saw the accident happen.

Hagedorn was a senior at Boone County High School. Principal Mark Raleigh released the following statement:

"We are all shocked and saddened by this tragic accident. This is terrible news for the Florence community. Austin was a very nice young man who wanted to be a firefighter one day. He knew what he wanted to do after high school and was involved in a work experience program with a local fire department through our school. As a parent, I can't imagine losing a child. I pray that the Hagedorn/Kubula families through their faith, family and friends find some peace."

A memorial Facebook page has been set up in Hagedorn's honor. Click here to see it.

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