Ellie Shimp

Cedar Falls’ Ellie Shimp, right, dives into the water for her leg of the 200 freestyle relay during the girls’ state swimming meet Nov. 5, 2016, in Marshalltown.

CLEAR LAKE | The Iowa DNR has released the names of the teens involved in a jet ski crash on Clear Lake Friday night.

At about 8:15 p.m., Kyle Olberding, 15, of Glidden, was operating the jet ski that struck another carrying three Cedar Falls teenage girls near the 1200 block of North Shore Drive. 

McKenna Holahan, 17, Wynee Bond, 17, and Ellie Shimp, 17, were onboard the second jet ski. Olberding’s passenger was Grant Borkowski, 16, of Carroll.

Shimp, a competitive swimmer entering her senior year at Cedar Falls High School, was struck directly by Oberding's jet ski and fell into the water. She suffered a tibial plateau fracture and has since been transferred to Rochester, according to her CaringBridge page. 

In an update posted July 9, Kerri Shimp said her daughter will be in surgery every other day so doctors can check on muscle groups in her left leg and foot, as they are concerned about "long-term mobility.

Shimp was listed in fair condition Wednesday, according to a Mayo Clinic spokeswoman. 

Olberding has been cited for misdemeanor reckless use of a watercraft and operation of watercraft by an underage person without boating education. If he pleads guilty, each charge results in a $93.75 penalty. 

People should operate their watercraft at a safe distance and should avoid trying to splash others, the DNR said in a news release. 


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