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Midlands man killed, wife & daughter hurt in Lake Murray boat crash, SC officials say

A Midlands man was killed in a boat crash on Lake Murray that severely injured his wife and daughter, while another man is behind bars, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said.

The collision occurred at about 9 p.m. Saturday, Capt. Robert McCullough said in an interview with The State.

Chapin resident Stanley Kiser, 68, died in the crash, according to Richland County Coroner Gary Watts. Kiser was on a pontoon boat with his family when they were run over by the driver of a “cigarette,” or speed boat, according to McCullough.

“An autopsy indicated that the cause of death was due to multiple massive blunt force traumas to the head and torso,” a statement from Watts read.

The wreck occurred in the area of Lake Murray that is in between two no-wake spots, marked by the Rusty Anchor restaurant and Liberty on the Lake Tap Room & Grill, McCullough said.

Tracy L. Gordon was with his wife when he was driving the speed boat in that area and rode over the top of the family on the pontoon boat, according to McCullough.

Gordon and his wife were not injured in the crash, McCullough said.

Kiser died on the scene, Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said in an interview with The State. Watts said his office responded to a call about the collision after 10 p.m.

The wife and daughter were taken to an area hospital with “severe injuries,” DNR said on Twitter.

McCullough said the wife lost a leg in the crash, but further information on the condition of the woman and her daughter was not available.

Gordon has been charged with felony DUI resulting in death, and two counts of felony DUI resulting in great bodily injury, according to McCullough.

The 53-year-old Gordon is being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, jail records show.

If convicted, Gordon would face a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison and a $25,000 fine for the DUI resulting in death charge, according to South Carolina law. He faces a maximum of 15 years behind bars and a $10,000 fine for the two other DUI charges.

The crash remains under investigation by DNR and the coroner’s office.

McCullough said he believes this is the first boat-related death on Lake Murray in 2019.

This is a developing story, check back for updates.

Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State and McClatchy Carolinas Regional Team. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.
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