Two dead in weekend boat crash near Harsens Island

HARSENS ISLAND, Mich. (AP) - Two people are dead after a boat crashed into another boat off Harsens Island in St. Clair County.

The sheriff's office says a 25-foot Baja boat went over a cabin cruiser Sunday, killing 57-year-old Robert Koontz of Chesterfield Township and 68-year-old Nancy Axford of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Both were passengers on the cabin cruiser.

The crash happened at 6:45 p.m. Sunday night when the Baja, driven by a 32-year-old Chesterfield Township man struck the cabin cruiser. One passenger was thrown into the water while three others were hospitalized.

Alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash.

Three people were taken to a hospital, including a 62-year-old woman who is in critical condition. All were aboard the cabin cruiser.

The 32-year-old Baja driver was arrested and faces alcohol related charges at the 72nd District Court in Marine City.

No one in the Baja boat was hurt. Harsens Island is in Lake St. Clair at south end of the St. Clair River, 50 miles northeast of Detroit.

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