Woman killed in Thurmond Lake accident

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A 45-year-old woman was killed Sun­day after hitting a tree while riding a personal watercraft at Thurmond Lake, officials said.

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McCormick County Deputy Cor­o­ner Chris Doolittle said Lisa Gepfert hit the tree while riding near the Modoc Shores subdivision between Beauregard and Con­fed­­erate drives. She suffered blunt force trauma to the chest and was pronounced dead about 1 p.m.

Doolittle said there will be no autopsy, but a toxicology report will be conducted.

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whyme
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whyme 06/08/14 - 07:51 pm
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sympathy

Prayers and peace go out to the family and friends of this young woman.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 06/08/14 - 08:30 pm
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God bless
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Ms. Gepfert's soul.

scorehouse
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scorehouse 06/08/14 - 09:51 pm
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sad
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don't understand? did she run into a tree out of the lake similar to a snow skier running into a tree off the slope?

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nocnoc 06/09/14 - 08:34 am
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Condolences and a Question

My sincerest condolences to the family.

But regarding the Accident and the
Sunday, June 8, 2014 -Not Updated article as of my posting.

She is on a Watercraft, but died hitting a Tree cross the chest?
Did she overshoot the landing or something?

I ask because additional information could prevent another such accident and/or signal that SC Corp of Eng needs to address a water hazard.

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dichotomy 06/09/14 - 09:51 am
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Agree nocnoc. This is an

Agree nocnoc. This is an awful thing that happened and my condolences to the family.

But, since the AC saw fit to run the story, I am sure many readers are curious to know if this lady hit a tree stump in the water or did she actually propel the craft up on shore and hit a tree.

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itsanotherday1 06/09/14 - 10:21 am
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These things are tricky at

These things are tricky at less than planing speed; very hard to steer. I can easily envision how a person may be headed to an object at lower speeds, can't turn, and guns it in an effort to make it turn.(been there, done that, running into another PWC and paying $600 to repair it)

These things can happen in an instant, and are so tragic. My condolences to the family and loved ones.

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hoptoad 06/09/14 - 10:29 am
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Hitting a tree?

I'm assuming she hit a stump in the water. I always wondered why the trees are not trimmed when water is low. Fish like the trees at a much lower depth. Clark's Hill/Thurmond has always been dangerous even when water level is up.

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justthefacts 06/09/14 - 12:35 pm
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Triming trees

I know it was done in days gone by. Especially in the channel.

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