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Anchorage man charged with manslaughter in fatal Mat-Su boating collision

  • Author: Tegan Hanlon
  • Updated: June 10, 2018
  • Published June 10, 2018

A 26-year-old Anchorage man has been charged with manslaughter in a boating collision Saturday in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough that left a woman dead, according to Alaska State Troopers.

The crash happened on Flat Lake, adjacent to Big Lake. Troopers and state parks rangers responded to the area around 3 p.m. Saturday for a report of a boating accident with serious injuries.

Troopers say Reagan Martz was operating a boat on Flat Lake with seven people total on board. He was "negotiating a curve in his boat around an island." A second boat towing a raft with three passengers was also in the area, according to an online trooper dispatch.

The boats were traveling head-on, toward each other and "turned abruptly to avoid a collision," troopers said.

Martz's boat crashed into the raft. Jennifer Horazdovsky, 35, of Anchorage, was killed and the two other people on the raft were seriously injured, troopers said.

Martz left the scene before troopers arrived. He was found nearby on a jet ski and arrested for driving under the influence, according to troopers. He also faces a manslaughter charge and three counts of first-degree assault, troopers said.

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