Grand Lake drowning victim had high blood alcohol content, autopsy shows

Monte Lee Price, 39, of Jay, died July 29 in a boat crash on Grand Lake. He had a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit in Oklahoma, an autopsy report shows
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL Modified: October 2, 2012 at 9:00 pm •  Published: October 3, 2012
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— The victim of a fatal boat crash died from accidental drowning and had a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit, an autopsy report shows.

Monte Lee Price, 39, of Jay, died July 29 in the boat crash on Grand Lake. He was with three other people when the 20-foot boat struck a breakwater structure near Arrowhead South Marina about 2 a.m. He and two others were thrown from the boat.

Price's body was recovered in 50 feet of water in the Duck Creek arm of Grand Lake. The toxicology report shows his blood alcohol level was 0.20 percent. The legal limit is 0.08 percent.

Injured in the crash were Shane Carroll, the Jay Middle School principal; his son Brooks Carroll, 17; and family friend Brian Smith. Grand River Dam Authority police said none of the victims were wearing a life jacket.

The men had attended a wedding July 28 and left the reception about 10:30 p.m., according to friends at the wedding.

The investigation into the crash continues, a prosecutor said Tuesday.


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