A 61-year-old man from High Ridge, Missouri reportedly died in a Lake of the Ozarks boat accident in late September. According to news reports, Mr. James J. Koch was reportedly killed in a boating accident at around 9:10 p.m. on Friday, September 27, 2013.
The Missouri Highway Patrol responded to the accident and is investigating what happened in this tragic case. Initial reports indicated that Mr. Koch hit a fixed object while steering his 27-foot 2004 Chaparral vessel upstream around mile marker 4 of the Big Niangua arm of the Lake in Camden County. The Missouri Highway Patrol reported that Mr. Koch was pronounced dead at the scene of this Lake of the Ozarks boat accident. Nobody else was reported to be on board, injured, missing, or killed after this crash. This is the third watercraft fatality investigated by Troop F in 2013.
In the days after the accident, it was reported that the fixed object that Mr. Koch’s vessel collided with was a large rock bluff that jutted into the Lake. Initial reports from Southwest Missouri Forensics indicate that Mr. Koch died from blunt force trauma.
Mr. Koch is survived by his wife, his three children, and other relatives and friends. He is remembered as an avid sports fan, golfer, and a man who loved spending time with family and friends on the Lake.
Our Missouri boat accident lawyers extend our deepest condolences to Mr. Koch’s wife, children, family, and friends following this tragic Lake of the Ozarks boating accident.