Friday, April 06, 2007

SWAC area resident missing after tragic boating accident on Smith Mtn Lake

A boating accident on Smith Mountain Lake has left one man dead and another missing. Two men, including well-known Harrisonburg entrepreneur and philanthropist Walter Curt, and Bridgewater resident Dennis Zimmerman, were rescued from the water, treated, and released.

Richard Williams Smith was killed, and Grottoes resident David Reynolds, 44, has been missing since the accident occurred. He is a volunteer with the New Hope Fire Department ... and someone my husband has known the past several years from his job delivering freight to Walter Curt's home.

Conditions on the lake Wednesday afternoon were reported to be windy with choppy waters. No official reason has been given for the accident but alcohol use and collision have been ruled out.

Walter Curt is a friend to the Valley Family Forum and conservative candidates in the Valley. Our prayers go out to him and his wife, Martha, and to the families of David Reynolds and Richard Smith.

Related stories:
Harrisonburg Daily News Record
Staunton News Leader
Waynesboro News-Virginian


Anonymous said...

Thank you, SWAC Girl, for your prayers. That was very kind of you.

Bless you,
Carolyn Smith, daughter of Richard William Smith

Lynn R. Mitchell said...

Bless you, Carolyn. You and your family are in our thoughts at this difficult time....