A 7 year-old child has died after being struck by a boater impaired by alcohol on the Parker Strip near Buckskin State Park, according to law enforcement.
On Sunday after 5 pm, boat patrol deputies with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department responded to the report of an unknown injury boat collision near Buckskin State Park on the Parker Strip. The child was swimming in the water near the shoreline when a boat struck them. Despite life saving measures, the child was later pronounced deceased at the hospital.
Through investigation, deputies found Arthur Garcia, 37 of Indio, to be operating the vessel in a reckless and negligent manner while under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision. Garcia was subsequently arrested for operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol “which act or neglect proximately causes bodily injury to any person other than himself or herself.”
Anybody with more information on this ongoing investigation is urged to call the deputies at (760) 326-9200 and cite case number 252200034.