LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — Sunrise Beach resident Jim Petropoulos has died, 10 days after he was seriously injured in a boat crash on Lake of the Ozarks.
He was taken to University Hospital, in a coma. In a message posted to the CaringBridge page for Jim on Wednesday, Sept. 4, his wife Pamela wrote, "It’s with a heavy heart I have to tell all of you, Jim was pronounced legally dead at 2:13 pm today."
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Petropoulos, 57, was driving a 2002 Baja Outlaw downstream, around the 38 Mile Marker, on a very dark, overcast night, when he hit the northern shoreline at around 10 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25. Petropoulos was known to be an experienced and vigilant boater at Lake of the Ozarks. He was an employee of Co-Mo Electric Cooperative.