SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (KSAZ) - A teenager has been badly injured on Bartlett Lake after a boating accident Saturday afternoon. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office say a 15-year-old was operating a personal watercraft when it collided with a speedboat.
Fifteen-year-old Alec Medina underwent surgery Monday night to relieve pressure on his brain. He left home on Saturday for one more fun weekend before school started, but the incident left his family wondering if he'll ever be the same.
Medina was airlifted to Maricopa Medical Center with a shattered nose and broken bones in his face. Doctors are working to save his vision.
Medina remains in stable but serious condition.
The operator of the speedboat left the scene. That speedboat is described to have a black canopy top and the hull color was possibly light grey, with tones of charcoal and black.
The occupants of the speedboat are described as a 30-year-old White male with a tan complexion, 5'7", 190 pounds, and with a buzz cut, dirty blonde or light-brown hair and a trimmed goatee.
A White female in her mid-to-late 20 was also seen by witnesses on the boat. She has long, dark hair that goes approximately to her mid-back. She was wearing a two-piece bikini and has no visible tattoos.
The speedboat is described as an 18-foot fishing style speedboat with a possible aluminum hull, light-grey lower half and with dark charcoal or purple-colored stripes.
There is also black lettering on the side and a possible paint scratch on the port side. The speedboat has a black outboard motor, single windshield in front of the driver seat and a possible bench seat in front of the aft deck.
The deck area has grey carpet and is large enough to accommodate a person to lie across it. The boat also has a white bimini top.
We met up with the Medina family and they are clearly still trying to understand why this happened.
Medina was supposed to start his sophomore year at North Canyon High School on Wednesday. A middle linebacker on the football team, Medina's family is hoping their son will be able to enjoy the sights and smells of football someday soon.
MCSO asks that if you were involved in helping at the scene or witnessed any suspicious activity at the boat ramps around the time of the incident to contact them at (602) 876-1011.
There is a $2,500 reward in this case.