Update: ALEA believed alcohol to be a factor in fatal Lake Martin boat crash (1 man was killed, another injured)


Alcohol is now believed to have been a factor in a fatal crash that killed one man and injured another on Lake Martin Friday night.


LAKE MARTIN, AL (WSFA) – The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency continues investigating a fatal boat crash that happened on Lake Martin Friday night.

ALEA Capt. Gary Buchanan says it is believed that alcohol was a factor in the the multi-boat crash that led to the death of 56-year-old David George Goodling of Auburn, and injured 62-year-old Norman Ray Harris of Leeds.

Friday night around 9:30 p.m. received a report of a two-vessel boat crash on Lake Martin. Senior Trooper said authorities arrived at the scene near The Ridge Marina and found a third vessel had been involved as well.

Buchanan confirmed Harris was transported to a hospital for treatment. Cartwright confirmed one boat had four passengers on it, but none were injured. The senior Trooper also confirmed Goodling and Harris were in two separate boats.

ALEA continues its investigation.