One year later: Manslaughter charge filed in deadly hit-and-run boating accident on Lake Eufaula
EUFAULA, Okla. – Nearly a year after a man was killed in a hit-and-run boating accident, charges have been filed against the man officials say is responsible for the crash.
According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a ski boat with no lights was going about 30 miles an hour when it slammed into a pontoon boat at Lake Eufaula.
Linda McIninch said, “The next thing I remember is coming out of the water and going to the front of the boat, the pontoon, and he was gone.”
Last year, she told NewsChannel 4, “I miss my husband more than anything in this world. He’s not here.”
The driver of the ski boat fled the scene but 30-year-old Ryan Shumway turned himself in to authorities four days later.
Troopers suspected alcohol played a role in the crash but since Shumway fled the scene, there was no way to test for that.
She said, “If you are involved in an accident, no matter what, drinking, otherwise, it doesn’t matter. At least stay there and make sure that everybody’s okay. If you don’t, then by golly you better be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Nearly a year later, Shumway is now facing a charge of first-degree manslaughter.