Investigators with the Nevada Department of Wildlife are looking into a boating accident that killed a Lake Havasu City woman Monday in Laughlin.
The Clark County Coroner’s Office identified the victim of the accident as 53-year-old Brenda Joy Devine-Pfeffer. Officials said they have not determined the official cause of death of Devine-Pfeffer.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Devine-Pfeffer was killed when the boat she was operating struck a water taxi tied to the dock of a Laughlin casino. She was the sole occupant of the boat and no one else was injured in the accident.
Investigators with the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) said they did not find any evidence at the scene of the collision at the dock of the Riverside Hotel and Casino to suggest alcohol involvement but it has not been ruled out as a possibility yet, according to a tv2klbc report.
Devine-Pfeffer was ejected upon impact of the crash and brought ashore by an unidentified individual that jumped into the water to save her, according to NDOW officials.
Officials said toxicology tests on the victim will provide insight as to whether she was intoxicated or under the influence of any other substance.
According to an NDOW spokesman, there were reports of “erratic operation” just prior to the accident, the tv2klbc report said. The collision sunk the boat as its hull sustained extensive damage.
NDOW was able to retrieve the watercraft, but portions of it were destroyed and believed to have floated down river, the report said.
Devine-Pfeffer’s friend David Andrews said the retired business owner and mother of two was “quite the athlete” and loved to spend time outdoors.
“She was the most sincere person and trying to enjoy retirement,” Andrews said. “I’m still kind of surprised. She was just a sweetheart. She will be missed.”