A GoFundMe page has been created to help with medical expenses of an Olathe woman critically injured in a weekend boat crash at Lake of the Ozarks that killed three of her friends.
Ashley Lamb, 21, a 2015 graduate of Olathe East High School, was hospitalized Monday in the intensive care unit. She was airlifted Saturday morning to Mercy Hospital in Springfield.
"She is stable, but facing multiple neurological and facial surgeries these next few weeks, and a long road to recovery to follow," the GoFundMe page reads. "At this point in time we are unsure of what the costs will be and anything is appreciated including love, support, and prayers."
The crash occurred just after midnight early Saturday. Lamb was hanging out with her best friend Hailey Hochanadel and three other friends, all from Overland Park and Olathe. Hochanadel, 21, Joseph LeMark, 23, and Daniel Lewis, 24, all died in the crash.
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The driver of the boat, 22-year-old Hayden M. Frazier of Overland Park, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of boating while intoxicated related to the death of other persons and serious physical injury, and negligent operation of a vessel.
Frazier, who suffered moderate injuries, was released from jail Sunday. Prosecutors in Camden County have not said whether charges will be filed.
Frazier was driving the friends on a 1991 Regal Runabout when the boat crashed into a rock bluff near the 47.5 mile marker in the main channel of the lake, the Missouri Highway Patrol reported.
No new details about the crash were available Monday.
Rich Hochanadel, Hailey's father, spoke to The Star on Sunday and said his daughter and Lamb had been friends since kindergarten. The two attended the same schools through high school and ended up at different colleges — Lamb at Kansas State University majoring in marketing and Hochanadel at The University of Missouri, majoring in English and Spanish.
"Ashley and her were the best of friends," said Hochanadel, who visited Lamb in the hospital over the weekend.
This last trip to the lake was "like any other time," he said. "They would go numerous times in the summer."
The GoFundMe page had reached more than $2,515 of the $10,000 goal by Monday evening.
"Thank you all in advance for keeping our sweet Ashley in your thoughts," the page read.