SKANEATELES, N.Y. — An Onondaga County official has confirmed that an 8-year-old girl from Homer lost an arm and a leg in a boating accident on Skaneateles Lake early Wednesday evening.
Onondaga County Public Information Officer Jon Seeber confirmed the report to Syracuse.com earlier today. A GoFundMe page created by Rex Stanton, of Homer, who says he is a close family friend of the victims, claimed that Kaelynne Driscoll had lost an arm and a leg in the accident, though it had not been confirmed by a public official prior to Seeber’s statement.
The girl was transported by SAVES Ambulance to Upstate Medical University, where she remains in critical condition. Her father, 32-year-old Christopher Driscoll, was also transported by ambulance, though he sustained less severe injuries, according to the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office.
Shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday, Driscoll and his daughter were inner tubing on the lake when they struck a wake, ejecting both of them into the water. As the boat that was towing them circled around, the girl and her father were struck by the boat’s propellers, deputies said in a news release Wednesday.
Authorities have not released the name of the driver and passengers who were on the boat. The investigation remains ongoing.
The GoFundMe page for Christopher Driscoll has raised $13,000 in less than 48 hours.