SAN DIEGO - A 9-year-old Carlsbad girl was killed earlier this week in a boating accident on a lake in New York while on vacation with her family.
Charlotte McCue was on a boat with her family on Lake George on Monday evening when authorities say a boat driven by Alexander West crashed into theirs with such force that his boat flew over the family.
The girl's mother was sent to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, but Charlotte, who attended La Costa Heights Elementary School, succumbed to her injuries.
Kelson Splavec, a close friend of the family, said, "It just doesn't get worse. When you think of the worst thing that could ever happen to you and your family, it's happening to my best friend's family. They're all the very best people you can meet."
Investigators say West had four friends in his boat and that the group said they knew they hit something.
After the crash, investigators say West ditched the boat at Tea Island Resort. The group called for a ride and left.
According to the Warren County Sheriff's Department, West will face charges for leaving the scene. Other charges may be filed after blood-alcohol and toxicology tests are complete.
Local authorities are also asking the public for any video or information about the activities earlier in the day during the Log Bay Day boat party.
Splavec said of young Charlotte: "She was everything. She was an incredible gymnast and a soccer player. She could do anything ? at the beach, in a gym, with music. She loved music videos and dancing around ? she was magical."
The McCue family issued this statement: "The family is together and grieving during this horrific time. They ask that you respect their privacy as they attempt to wrap their heads around this unthinkable tragedy. Charlotte's mother is in stable condition. The family thanks you for your kind thoughts and concern but once again must insist that the media respect their right to grieve privately. They will not be making any further statements at this time."