OTTERTAIL, Minn. — A boater was arrested after authorities say he struck his neighbor's parked boat Saturday, Aug. 22, resulting in the neighbor drowning in Otter Tail Lake.
Charles Gramith, 73, of Roseville, Minn., was arrested in connection with the drowning of Neil Baker, 52, of Elysian, Minn., according to a report from the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office.
An investigation determined that Baker had just returned to his dock Saturday afternoon after he and several family members had been out on the water. Several family members had gotten off the boat while Baker and his wife stayed aboard organizing the boat's contents and securing it to the dock.
While doing so, Gramith was driving a boat that "struck the parked boat at a high rate of speed," the sheriff's office report said. The collision threw Baker and his wife from their boat into the water. It's unclear whether Baker's wife was injured.
Initial reports indicated Baker was unaccounted for. He was found by neighbors, who rendered aid, the sheriff's office said. Once medics and law enforcement officers got there, Baker was pronounced dead.
Gramith was later arrested on suspicion of criminal vehicular homicide, the sheriff's office said. The investigation into the crash and its cause is ongoing.