A Minocqua man involved in the crash of a motorboat he was operating on Lake Minocqua early Saturday morning died of injuries sustained in the crash. 
According to a press release issued by Officer Michael Czlapinski of the Minocqua police department, the department's dispatch center received a 911 call at approximately 12:49 Saturday morning reporting a boat versus bridge crash on Lake Minocqua under the U.S. Highway 51 bridge. 
Jacob Kozey, 34, Minocqua, sustained injuries in the crash and was flown to Aspirus Wausau where he was pronounced dead. 
The incident is being investigated by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Tim Ebert, a DNR conservation warden, told The Lakeland Times Sunday Kozey was the only person in the boat at the time of the crash. 
“He hit one of the (bridge) pilings near the center,” he said, adding Kozey’s boat had been traveling in a slow/no wake section of the lake at the time of the crash. 
The accident report wasn’t completed as of Sunday and Ebert couldn’t estimate the boat’s speed.
“Obviously, it was faster than the slow/no wake posted limit but it doesn’t appear to have been excessive, by any means,” he said. 
As part of the crash investigation, Ebert said the Oneida County medical examiner will be collecting toxicology results. 
He said boaters are encouraged to be cautious, especially when operating at night. 
“Slow down, exercise extra caution when visibility’s limited,” Ebert said. 
Brian Jopek may be reached via email at bjopek@lakelandtimes.com