Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon reports yesterday, July 23, Zachary Maynard, 6, passed away from the injuries he sustained after a personal watercraft struck him near the shoreline Monday afternoon at Lewis Creek Park, east of Sweet Home.
The 23-year-old male was operating a 2020 Sea-Doo on the west side of the Lewis Creek swimming area when he lost control of the watercraft. The investigation reveals the watercraft was stationary and the operator was adjusting equipment when he fell off. The watercraft sped off from the male, striking Zachary Maynard and Kennedy Swenson, 6, as it continued to the west side of the swimming area before crashing into the bank. Swenson is continuing to undergo medical treatment on her path to recovery.
The male operator remains cooperative with the investigation. The investigation is ongoing with many witnesses still being contacted and inspections of equipment. Anyone with information, video, or photographs related to the investigation is encouraged to call Detective Colin Pyle at the Linn County Sheriff’s Office (541-967-3950).
Our hearts and prayers are with the families involved with this tragic incident.