Boater Injured in LakeFest wreck

BY CHRISTI BERTELSON/BURNET BULLETIN

 

One man is in serious condition at University Medical Center Brackenridge Hospital in Austin following a boat accident Sunday during the LakeFest in Marble Falls.

Scott “Scotty” Lumbert, driver of the Top Fuel Hydro drag boat “Spirit of Texas,” was racing in the final rounds against “Nitrochondiac” during Sunday’s event when his boat crossed the finish line and began to flip, according to video footage The Highland Lakes Newspapers acquired from sources.

The boat, said to be traveling at speeds of 240 mph, looked as though something malfunctioned as it crossed the finish line and began to roll down Lake Marble Falls

(Colorado River) for several hundred feet before coming to a stop.

“I was there at Sunday’s event, watching from around the starting line,” said Captain Glenn Hanson of the Marble Falls Police Department. “It looked like there was more fire and water than there should have been once he got to the finish line and once the water and smoke finally cleared, there was nothing left of the boat,” said Hanson.

According to updates via social media on Monday morning, Lumbert’s sister, Missy Lumbert-Gregorio, said the Lucas Oil Team Rescue immediately cared for Lumbert before he was transported by air to UMC Brackenridge’s Level 1 trauma center after Sunday’s accident.

Gregorio also stated Lumbert suffered from an upper arm fracture and facial fractures but after determinations from the medical staff, she came back to say his injuries did not include a broken arm but much more than first realized.

“He has been sedated and will remain so for a few days to allow time for the swelling on his brain to improve,” said Gregorio in Monday mornings post.

Gregorio went on to thank everyone for checking on Lumbert as well as thanking the Lucas Oil Rescue team and the Spirit of Texas/MAV TV crew.

An update on Tuesday from Gregorio stated their mother Elly and Lumbert’s wife Lynn had made it to the hospital and they had seen Lumbert still housed in the ICU.

“We were happy to hear he does not have a broken arm, but he does have a fractured nose and cervical, and thoracic spine fractures,” said Gregorio.

“Sedation meds have been lowered and he is breathing before the ventilator, but will remain on the vent at this time,”

“We just really need him to wake up now, but know he needs this time to heal,” said Gregorio.

She went on to address the many prayers, thoughts, calls and messages the family has received since the accident.

“We can not thank everyone enough for the prayers and thoughts. Keep them coming.”

Lumbert, 40, of Creal Springs, Illinois, is employed by David and Dewana Kirkland, owners of DKR racing out of Parker, Texas, and also manages his family-owned business Lumbert’s Marine and Auto Service in Creal Springs.

“I am on my way now to the hospital to check on him,” said Dewana on Monday morning when contacted by The Highland Lakes Newspapers.

Lumbert currently sits in third place of the pro national points standings, according to the Lucas Oil Drag Boat racing website.

He holds the titles of Rookie of the Year and Driver of the Year in 1997, World Champion in Top Fuel Jet in 1998 and 1999, second place in the 2009 World Championships and 2014 and 2015 World Champions in the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series.

Lumbert also is the current fastest pass record holder 263.25mph at 1000 feet.

“Mr. Lumbert is someone we all know his face and his name around here because he is at the LakeFest every year racing,” said Hanson.

“This accident is horrible and our thoughts and prayers go out to Lumbert, his wife Lynn and his family and friends.”

“We are praying for a full and fast recovery for Scott and hope that he will be able to continue racing and get back to what he was and loves,” said Hanson.

More information will be released as it comes into The Burnet Bulletin.

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