SCDNR officer ticketed for Lake Keowee crash

Pontoon boat
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LAKE KEOWEE, SC (WSPA) – A S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) officer is facing a fine and disciplinary action after a boat crash on Lake Keowee.

DNR Officer Ron Hedden collided with another boat on Memorial Day, according to SCDNR.

A spokesman with the agency said Hedden and a pontoon boat carrying four people collided around 3 p.m.

The officer and one person on the pontoon were ejected from the boats, said Robert McCullough with DNR.

Four people were taken to the hospital.

Hedden has been ticketed with Negligent Operation for improper speed to keep a lookout, according to SCDNR.

He faces a fine of up to $450. A magistrate judge will determine the fine.

Hedden will also be disciplined by SCDNR. Disciplinary measures won’t be released since it’s a personnel matter.

The SCDNR says the the family he collided with is doing well.

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