News services from around the world are reporting on a tubing accident that occured around 3:30 PM on Friday, July 6, 2012, near Lake Lanier’s Van Pugh Park.
A Jet Ski operated by Jeffrey S. Hubbard struck an inner-tube being pulled by a pontoon boat. Two children who were on the tube were injured.
Melissa Cummings at the GA DNR said Hubbard knew the children and that alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the crash.
An 11-year-old boy — reported to be Kile Glover, the stepson of Usher Raymond, who won the 2011 American Music Award for Favorite Male Artist in the Soul/R&B category — was seriously hurt when the Jet Ski directly hit the young boy. He did not respond when pulled from the lake after the wreck.
A multitude of news stories on the Internet say Kile Glover is the son of Tameka Foster and Ryan Glover.
Tameka Foster is commonly reported as Usher Raymond’s ex-wife, but some sources say the two are still in divorce proceedings. Ryan Glover is variously reported as either an Atlanta TV executive or a “clothier.”
Sources as reputable as Reuters and AJC.com report that Kile Glover was pronounced “brain dead” on Monday, July 9th — without quoting any sources. Click Here for the Reuters Story.
The other person on the tube that was hit by the personal watercraft is reportedly a 15-year-old girl whose injuries are reported to be limited to a broken arm and a laceration on her head — again without quoting verifiable sources.
Egelston Children’s Hospital in Atlanta, where the 11-year-old boy was life-flighted after the crash, did not release ANY information on Monday about the victim’s status. Doing so is against privacy laws and hospital policy.
Robin Hill, with the DNR, was quoted as saying, “The hospital issued a gag order, and no information was being released to anybody.”
Whether the children in this tragedy are related to famous people or not, we only want to give you reliable information. Please check back with LakeLanier.com for updates as verifiable facts are released.
Our condolences go out to all who are affected by this disaster.
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At the very least, people need to be required to get a serious boater’s license. I hate more government, but this one is a must. Alcohol, holidays and weekends are not isolated days of danger. On a weekday, non-holiday, before this accident my 7 year old daughter was almost killed at 10:30 in the morning by a sober fisherman. He came within 100 feet of our boat, aimed at the driver, then turned toward our little wakeboarder who was about 50 feet directly behind our boat holding the rope handle. We were in a highly visible Mastercraft X-Star; she was highly visible in bright pink, bright white and mint green. Did he know the 100 foot law, how far 100 feet is, proper conduct when passing near a boat? After a ruler straight course through the middle of her body, he barely turned a few degrees and missed her when he was just feet (2-3) from her. No. Not just anyone should be able to hop in a boat or PWT and drive wherever, however. We were so close to being in the news like these folks.
You have to have a license to drive a car so you should have to have one to operate a boat. I lived on Lanier and had several incidents where jet skiers jumping my wake almost hit my kids on a tube. They are not SUPPOSED to get that close.
It is actually illegal to be that close or jumping the wake. Illegal.
I agree ..i also think that it was complete negligence for allowing the jet ski to be at such a close proximity to the tube…this accident could have totally been prevented.
there are laws for this scenario..its a complete NO. I wish the mother would have had more onsight and knowledge of this….whenever tubing as a young child (preteen) A parent(gaurdians) accompanied. Jet skis were not visible, two different speeds first of all AND NOT SAFE ..when i first heard of the inccident but didnt know all of the details I said “what was the jet ski doing near the tube/boat anyway”
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