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Victim identified in deadly jet ski accident

Updated 3:00 p.m. September 3, 2019

FRANKLIN COUNTY (WSIL) — Franklin County Sheriff David Bartoni confirms to News 3 the operator of the jet ski in Sunday’s deadly jet ski accident is 45-year-old Robert Hanselman, of Centralia.

Updated 8:46 p.m. September 1, 2019 

FRANKLIN COUNTY (WSIL) — Franklin County Coroner Marty Leffler has identified the victim in Sunday’s deadly jet ski accident as 73 year-old Gary Graham of Benton. 

Initial reports from IDNR Officers state the two men were riding together on a borrowed jet ski when the operator made a quick u-turn causing both men to be ejected into the water. 

According to the release, the driver of the jet ski began swimming towards the still-running water craft. Graham began swimming towards the boat dock but went underwater and never surfaced. 

Leffler says Graham lived at Lake Benton and was a retired school teacher from Mt. Vernon. 

An autopsy is scheduled. 

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