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Pregnant mother, child killed in Davidson County boat wreck

Posted May 25, 2013
Updated May 26, 2013

Two people were killed following a boat crash on High Rock Lake Saturday, May 25, 2013.

— A pregnant woman and her 3-year-old son were killed Saturday when their family's pontoon boat collided with a powerboat on High Rock Lake in Davidson County, authorities said.

Wildlife officials said a speedboat collided and went over the top of a pontoon boat around 12:30 p.m. Saturday on the northern part of the lake near Linwood.

Melissa Chambers Britt was ejected from the boat and found about five hours later. Her son, William Jaiden Britt, died at a local hospital. Two other people on the boat were also taken to a local hospital but were expected to survived.

There were four people on each boat, authorities said, and no one on the speedboat was injured.

Officials are trying to determine what caused the collision. Speed and alcohol are not believed to be factors.

No charges have been filed.


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  • chrisnrali May 29, 2013

    pontoon boats are little more than floating rafts, for a regular boat to go over the top of the pontoon boat would have required very little speed, 20-30 mph maybe.

  • simplelogic May 28, 2013

    The speedboat hit the pontoon boat hard enough to go over the top of it, but speed wasn't believed to be a factor? Interesting...

    So sad that a family holiday outing had such a tragic outcome.