65 Year Old Woman Hit By Motorboat While Swimming In Lake

A woman was hit by a motor­boat while swim­ming on Lake James on Sat­ur­day. 65 year old Ruth Petitti of LaGrange was swim­ming Sat­ur­day after­noon around 2, when she was hit by a motor­boat dri­ven by 38 year old Matthew Gum­bel of Angola. Gum­bel and oth­ers told inves­ti­ga­tors that Petitti was not vis­i­ble in the water, because it was rough and choppy. Petitti was pulled from the lake by her hus­band, and taken to a hos­pi­tal in Fort Wayne with open frac­tures to her foot and injuries to her lower leg. Police say alco­hol was not a fac­tor in the acci­dent, which remains under inves­ti­ga­tion by the Indi­ana Depart­ment of Nat­ural Resources.

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