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Game wardens release name of man killed in Lake Bonham boating accident

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BONHAM -- Monday, a man died in a boating accident on Lake Bonham.

Now the investigation is underway to try to figure out why it happened.

Game wardens say Harold Eugene Wyrick, 75, and his wife were fishing. Wyrick was behind the wheel of their boat when a second boat crashed into its side, killing him.

Game wardens say he was pronounced dead at a hospital.


"It's sad. I hate to hear about that," fisherman Colin Turner said.

The wreck happened on Lake Bonham at about 6:45 Monday evening.

"I feel sorry for the family," game warden Randolph McGee said.

McGee says three people were in the boat that caused the accident but no one else was hurt.

"We started an investigation and gathering witnesses and getting statements from people who observed this," McGee said.

Even though the Lake Bonham Recreational Area is full of visitors, McGee says not many people saw what happened until the two boats returned to the ramp.

He says the reason the boats crashed has not been determined but that Texas Parks and Wildlife will use a specialized team to reconstruct what happened.

"Not a lot of people saw it," McGee said. "It did happen on the water and unlike a traffic accident when the vehicles are still there, on the water the boats float apart and they get moved and so that's why we have to reconstruct it.

McGee says he does not believe the speed or alcohol were factors.
No charges have been filed.

Turner casts a line into the lake almost every day and says it's common to see boats come close.

"The lake's down, and the cattails are up pretty high and they can obscure some boaters, especially coming out of the coves," Turner said.