Franklin Co man facing drunk driving charges for fatal boating accident at Lake of the Ozarks

One person dies, and two are seriously injured, when two boats collide at the Lake of the Ozarks.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the boats were traveling in opposite directions on the lake’s main channel, early Saturday morning, when one of the boats struck the side of the other boat. 

The patrol reports the driver who caused the accident, John Bennett, 52, of New Haven, was arrested on numerous charges, all related to boating while intoxicated. 

The victim is identified as Dawn Steinkuehler, 42, of High Ridge.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.  Her husband, Brad, and a 13-year-old female were flown to University Medical Center with serious injuries.  Two others on their boat suffered minor injuries.