Woman seriously injured in boating accident

Matt Stensland
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— A 38-year-old Steamboat Springs man faces a felony after a woman was seriously injured in a boating accident Sunday at Stagecoach Reservoir.

Skyler Williams, who was driving the pontoon boat, was arrested on suspicion of felony vehicular assault and boating under the influence.

Oak Creek Fire Protection District firefighters were called to the reservoir at about 5:45 p.m.

Megan Morgan, 26, had been sitting on the bow of the boat outside the seating area. According to an arrest affidavit, Morgan was with her boyfriend, and they were dangling their feet in the water as the boat was going at cruising speed.

For an unknown reason, Morgan fell forward and went between the pontoons. She was then run over and hit by the engine propeller.

After speaking to the doctor who treated Morgan, a Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer learned Morgan had severe lacerations to both arms, lacerations to the knee, bruising to her chest, and her left elbow was so badly dislocated that she might lose her arm, according to the arrest affidavit.

Williams told officers that he had consumed five alcoholic drinks, according to the arrest affidavit. He consented to a breath test, and the result was .14. Someone is considered under the influence if their blood alcohol content is .08 or higher.

Williams was taken into custody and seen by a judge Monday. His bond was set at $10,000.

According to court records, Williams posted bond.

No phone number was listed for Williams, and he could not be reached for comment.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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