Texas Artist Josh Ward Involved in Fatal Boating Accident
It's been a difficult and traumatic week for Texas artist Josh Ward. The singer-songwriter was involved in a boat wreck on Tuesday (July 1), which resulted in three fatalities.
According to local police, Ward was on a bass boat that was returning home after competing in a fishing tournament around 9PM Tuesday night. The boat turned a corner and ran into a recreational boat, with four adults and four children on board. The recreational boat was in the water without its lights on.
A 30-year-old woman and a young boy died from their injuries, and the body of a 29-year-old woman was recovered from the water the next day.
Texas station KHOU reports that the bass boat went over the recreational boat. Ward was not driving the boat at the time of the accident, but immediately swam to the victims to try to assist. He was taken to the hospital, and suffered a fractured elbow in the accident.
"At this moment I ask everyone to keep the victims and the families of the people involved in this tragic accident in your thoughts and prayers," Ward writes on his Facebook page. "My injuries will heal and my life will continue. Unfortunately, there are others that weren’t as lucky. The focus needs to be on them. I do not want my involvement in this to take the emphasis off of those that are suffering a great deal more than myself. Please hold your children, family, and friends as close as possible and remember that things can change in one instant. Thank you again for your support."
Alcohol was not a factor in the accident. Police are continuing to investigate the incident.
As a result of his injuries, Ward has canceled his upcoming concert in Washington, Texas on July 4.
The Boot extends our deepest condolences to the victims and their families.