The Missouri Water Patrol search the water.
The Missouri Water Patrol search the water.

By Zakk Gammon & AP - email

DONIPHAN, MO (KFVS) - Two people from Poplar Bluff, Missouri are dead after two boats collided on the Current River near Doniphan.
The Missouri State Water Patrol on Monday identified the victims as 11-year-old Jerry Mote and 25-year-old Josh Burson.
Both were passengers on johnboats that collided about 3:30 pm Sunday while traveling in opposite directions on the river near Doniphan, just north of the Arkansas border.
Radeena Proffer, 27, of Poplar Bluff faces two counts of involuntary manslaughter charges, according to David Nelson with the Missouri Water Patrol.
The cause of the crash was under investigation, but the water patrol said the collision was unavoidable. A spokesman said the river at the accident site is shallow and swift.
Jerry's body was found Monday a half-mile downstream from the site. Burson's body was recovered Sunday.
A reconstruction team will arrive Tuesday to piece together exactly what happened.

Read the news release from the Missouri State Water Patrol.

Jerry Mote's mother, Michelle Laferty, was also hurt in the crash.  Friends of the family have set up a fund to help cover medical and funeral expenses.  (See below)
Visitation for Josh Burson:
6:00 pm CT
Thursday, July 9
Fowler Sullivan Memorial Chapel
Neelyville, Missouri.
Funeral for Josh Burson:
2:00 pm CT
Friday, July 10
Fowler Sullivan Memorial Chapel
Donations may be made to:
First Missouri State Bank
Attention: Lafferty Family
1902 Sunset Drive
P.O. Box 430
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
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