Trooper hurt in Lake of the Ozarks boat crash

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Multiple people were injured, including a Missouri Highway Patrol Trooper, in a Thursday night boat crash.

According to the Highway Patrol crash reports, a Highway Patrol boat and a powerboat collided Thursday night near the 15 mile marker on the main channel of the Lake of the Ozarks.

The crash reports said that the two boats were traveling in opposite directions at about 9:50 p.m. on the Lake when a Formula boat driven by 55-year-old Brian Pecenka turned into the path of the the Highway Patrol's boat driven by 35-year-old Stephen Burgun of Jefferson City. Pecenka's boat wasn't using bow lights.

The two boats crashed. The powerboat flooded and then started to capsize.

The Highway Patrol said the three passengers in the Formula boat suffered mild to moderate injuries in the crash, ranging from lacerations to a possible separated shoulder. Pecenka suffered serious injuries and is at University Hospital in Columbia.

The Trooper was taken to Lake Regional hospital which is where he was held overnight with moderate injuries.

Pecenka was arrested for boating while intoxicated and failure to display navigation lights on a vessel.