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UPDATE: California teen injured during collision on Lake Havasu has died

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Posted at 11:46 AM, Jun 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-18 17:49:11-04

JUNE 18 UPDATE: The teenager who was critically injured during a collision on Lake Havasu has died.

He has been identified by the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office as 16-year-old Jorge Contreras of Rialto, California.

The investigation into the incident determined that speed, operator inexperience and operation behavior of the personal watercraft were contributing factors. No criminal charges will be filed against the 49-year-old operator of the involved boat.

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) -- A 16-year-old California boy has suffered critical injuries after his personal watercraft collided with a boat on Lake Havasu.

The Mohave County Sheriff's Office says the collision happened Saturday afternoon in the lake's North Basin. The impact of the crash with the 28-foot boat threw the teen into the water.

Authorities say the man steering the boat and other bystanders immediately called 911 and pulled the teen out of the water.

The teen, who is from Rialto, California, was later flown to a Las Vegas hospital. He is listed in extremely critical condition. Investigators believe the boy's speed on the watercraft was a factor.