Victim’s Boat: Craig Niedzielski, 55 was life-flighted to Sutter Roseville Hospital where he was treated for his injuries and later released. Valorie Niedzielski, 53 and a 9 year old boy were not treated for injuries. All three people in the victim’s boat are from Reno, Nevada
Suspect’s Boat: Jimmy Joe Yepez, 28, of Olivehurst was the driver of the boat. He was not injured. Passenger Brittney Marler, 25 of Yuba City treated and released from Rideout Hospital. Sophia Herrera, 25 from Yuba City was treated and released from Rideout Hospital for her injuries. There were two other unnamed passengers in the suspect boat.
Summary: At approximately 5:00 pm on July 21, 2013, the victim’s boat was floating in a cove at Collins Lake and was struck by suspect boat from the side. Witnesses reported that the boat being driven by Yepez was driving erratically just prior to the collision. Both boats were capsized and staff from Collins Lake and other boaters were able to retrieve everyone from the water and get them safely to shore. Alcohol may have been a factor in the incident. Yepez was questioned and released, charges are pending additional investigation.