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Gabby Ayers, 17, killed and one teen injured in collision between boat and jet ski on Smith Mountain Lake near Anthony Ford Boat Launch in Pittsylvania County, Virginia

Modified Date: 
Tue, 06/04/2019 - 10:49am
Accident Date: 
Sunday, July 3, 2016

Boat hits jet ski in deadly crash on Smith Mountain Lake

Investigators say the an 18-year-old from Martinsville, whose name has not been released, was driving a boat near the Anthony Ford Boat Launch. The driver pulled into a cove and quickly turned around.  As the boat was pulling back out, it hit a jet ski.

Father of teen killed in Smith Mountain Lake crash remembers his daughter

She just finished hair school and started working with her dad at a salon and day spa.

Ayers’ father says she was on the jet ski that was hit by a boat Sunday night on Smith Mountain Lake.

Forsyth County father encourages boat safety after daughter killed in accident

     Ayers has now become an advocate for tougher boating laws especially around holiday weekends like July 4th. "We call it the Super Bowl,” Ayers said. “It's when most people are going to be there. Most people are out and most people are ridiculous."   

People Involved: 
Gabby Ayers

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