CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. — A 9-year-old Ocala boy was killed in a boat crash on Crystal River on Friday, wildlife officials said.

  • Carter Barkley, family on fishing trip on Crystal River
  • FWC: Dad was driving boat when it hit channel marker
  • Dad was also hospitalized but condition was not released

The boy's family was on a fishing trip at Crystal River Preserve State Park in Citrus County when the recreational open bay boat that his father, Richard Barkley, was driving hit a channel marker.

Carter Barkley, who was wearing a life vest, was thrown from the boat, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said.

He was taken to Bayfront Health Seven Rivers hospital in Crystal River, then flown to All Children's hospital, where he died.

Richard Barkley, 42, was also taken to Seven Rivers, but his condition was not released. Barkley's other son, 22-year-old Jarred, was not injured.

The crash is under investigation, FWC said.