On Thursday, August 29, 2013, a Lake of the Ozarks boating accident occurred. It is alleged that a state boat and a private boat collided near the toll bridge around mile-marker 15 of the main channel around 9:50 p.m. that night.
Investigators report that the private boat did not have its bow lights on and that it turned into the path of a Water Patrol boat. The private boat was piloted by 55-year-old Brian Pecenka of Lake Ozark, and the Water Patrol boat was piloted by 35-year-old Trooper Stephen Burgun of Jefferson City. Trooper Burgun’s boat allegedly hit the starboard side of Mr. Pecenka’s boat. Mr. Pecenka’s vessel was a 33-foot 2002 Formula, which allegedly flooded and capsized after the collision.
There were several injuries reported with this collision. Mr. Pecenka reportedly suffered serious injuries in this Lake of the Ozarks boating accident. His three passengers, 62-year-old John Barry, 60-year-old Mary Kamakas, and 62-year-old Nicholas Kamakas all suffered what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries. Nicholas Kamakas was reportedly taken by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital with moderate injuries. Trooper Burgun also reportedly suffered moderate injuries and was taken to Lake Regional Hospital for treatment.
Mr. Pecenka was allegedly cited for failure to display navigation lights on a vessel and for boating while intoxicated.
Our Lake of the Ozarks boat accident lawyers extend our best wishes for fast and complete recoveries to Trooper Burgun and to everyone who was injured in this collision.