ENGLEWOOD, Fla.- A Kansas City man has died after crashing the jet ski he was riding into a boat, near Stump Pass Marina, yesterday.
The jet ski rider, 54-year-old Lee Hollis, lost part of his leg in the accident and was transported to Blake Medical Center in Manatee County around 4:30 p.m. yesterday. Today, the Manatee County Medical Examiner confirmed that Hollis died from his injuries.
Hollis' jet ski collided with a boat with five people on board.
the scene could only be described as chaotic.
"7 or 8 people in the water, a boat drifting away and an upside down jet ski. people were yelling and screaming," said Jeremy Redmond, an employee at Stump Pass Marina.
"He was in pretty bad condition. his leg completely missing. he was completely white, drifting in and out on consciousness," said Redmond.
The impact of the crash threw the four people the boat into the water, two of them were taken to area hospitals.
"The woman on the rental boat, she's the one that torniquetted his leg, she started having chest pains, had a heart attack on the dock," said Redmond.
According to the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office, the man's right leg was severed at the knee, and a woman on board the boat tried to help by holding a tourniquet on his leg.
Hollis' 15-year-old son, Mark, spoke to WINK News just after the crash.
"We were just riding jet skis. My dad took a right turn. A boat hit him, I guess. We were just about to go out to the Gulf of Mexico to ride the jet skis, when it happened," said Mark.
All five people on board the boat were thrown into the water. A man, two women in their 40s, and a 12-year-old boy were taken to the hospital.
FWC said alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.