Soccer player Anton Walkes killed on personal water craft

Major League Soccer player Anton Charles Walkes died in the hospital after the personal water craft on which he was riding collided with a boat near Miami Marine Stadium, according to a preliminary investigation report obtained by the Miami Herald on Friday.

The two vessels collided Wednesday afternoon as the boat, a 46-foot Scarab headed north on Biscayne Bay and the 11-foot Yamaha personal water craft traveled west to east. The details are in an initial crash report from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the state police agency that investigates most boat crashes.

The impact caused the 25-year-old Walkes to fall into the water, according to the report. Paramedics took him to shore, then on to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he died at 3:25 am Thursday, investigators said.

READ THE POLICE REPORT: What happened on Biscayne Bay that killed a young soccer player?

The driver of the Scarab, 70-year-old Eric Olsonn of Pompano Beach, was not injured in the crash, according to the report. The operator of the Yamaha, Marie-Luise Taubert, 32, from Germany, also was not hurt.

“Our thoughts are with the family, friends, and fans of Mr. Walkes during this difficult time,” FWC spokeswoman Arielle Callender said in a statement. “This is an active investigation and there is no further information available at this time.”

Investigators say it’s still not known if alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Personal watercraft are tandem boats often referred to as Jet Skis, the name of a popular model manufactured by Kawasaki.

Walkes played defender for the Charlotte FC in North Carolina.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

This story was originally published January 20, 2023 10:46 AM.

David Goodhue covers the Florida Keys and South Florida for and the Miami Herald. Before joining the Herald, he covered Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy in Washington, DC He is a graduate of the University of Delaware.


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