Authorities identify girls killed in Antioch-area jet ski crash

Lake County authorities on Thursday identified the two girls killed in a boating accident this week as family friends who were enjoying a sunny day at a lakeside cabin before their deaths.

The coroner's office said Sarina Vootkur, 16, of Lake Forest, Calif., and Elle Kim, 13, of Long Grove, died of blunt force injuries when the jet ski they were riding collided with a cruise ship on Lake Marie, near Antioch. .

Vootkur was piloting the jet ski, with Kim as a passenger, when they struck the 21-foot-long boat at the south end of Lake Marie, near the channel leading to Grass Lake on the Chain O Lakes.

Police said Thursday that Vootkur and Kim's families were friends and that the California girl was visiting Illinois with an adult family member. They had gone to another friend's cottage Tuesday to enjoy a day at the lake, according to authorities.

Witnesses reported the jet ski carrying the girls was heading north at high speed when it struck the boat around 5:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Both girls were thrown into the lake after the accident. The girls were wearing life jackets and people on the cruise ship pulled them out of the water and immediately began helping them.

Vootkur and Kim were taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, where they were pronounced dead from their injuries.

The jet ski belongs to the owners of the cabin the families were visiting, police said.

Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Christopher Covelli said investigators are still trying to piece together what happened moments before the crash. Based on nautical regulations, the jet ski should have yielded the right of way to the cabin boat, police said.

The cabin boat was carrying four people, including its driver, a 55-year-old Antioch man. No one on board the boat was injured.

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