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Boater released pending tests after fatal crash

Two killed, three injured in incident on Lake St. Clair


CLAY TOWNSHIP, Mich.  — Southeastern Michigan authorities say a man accused of crashing his speedboat into a cabin cruiser, killing two people and injuring three, has been released from custody.

St. Clair County authorities say in a statement today that the 32-year-old man from Macomb County’s Chesterfield Township was released pending toxicology results from the Michigan State Police Crime Lab and final results accident investigation results.

Authorities earlier said he was intoxicated.

The crash happened about 6:45 p.m. Sunday off Harsens Island in Lake St. Clair. The island is part of Clay Township, about 30 miles northeast of Detroit.

The St. Clair County sheriff’s department identified the dead passengers as 57-year-old Robert Koontz of Chesterfield Township and 68-year-old Nancy Axford of Winnipeg, Manitoba. No one in the 25-foot speedboat was hurt.

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