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Reward offered in fatal boat collision

AUGUST 16 - Authorities in Des Moines, Iowa, are offering a $25,000 reward for information about a hit-and-run accident on West Lake Okoboji on Friday morning, which left one man dead and his wife severely injured.

Michael J. Brosnahan, 51, of Perry, Iowa, was killed when a 22-foot runabout ran over the boat he was a passenger on, a news report says. Brosnahan’s wife, Jill, who is 50, was severely injured and was taken to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she was said to be in stable condition.

Authorities are searching for a white runabout, believed to be at least 22 feet, with two red stripes approximately six to eight inches wide and one foot apart, the report says. At about 2 a.m., the boat apparently crashed into the rear of the vessel that was carrying Brosnahan, ran over it, and then fled the scene.

It was not immediately known if the stern light on the Brosnahan boat, also a 22-foot runabout, was working.

On board with Brosnahan was the owner of the boat, William Rizk, 37; his wife, Pamela Jo, 34; Brosnahan’s brother, William, 40; and William’s wife, Elizabeth Ann, 43. William was at the helm at the time of the accident. The other passengers were not injured.

Jason Fell