4-Year-Old Woodland Hills Boy ID’d as Child Fatally Struck by Boat in Lake Arrowhead

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Authorities on Monday released the name of a 4-year-old boy who was killed when he was struck by a boat in Lake Arrowhead over the weekend.

Lake Arrowhead is shown in a Google Maps image.

Lake Arrowhead is shown in a Google Maps image.

Gideon Zilberstein, of Woodland Hills, died Sunday after falling into the lake and being hit by a boat, according to the San Bernardino County coroner’s office.

The child was riding in a boat with his family and another family Sunday afternoon, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Department.

He was sitting in the bow section of a boat that was pulling a water-skier — identified in the release as his mother — just before the fatal incident occurred.

Around 4:20 p.m., the water-skier fell, prompting the vessel’s operator to turn around to retrieve the skier, Deputy Olivia Bozek of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said.

At that point, the little boy fell over the side and was fatally struck, according to Bozek.

The boat operator and the victim’s father jumped into the water to get him, the release stated.

Gideon suffered traumatic injuries and died at the scene, Bozek said. She initially identified the child as a 5-year-old boy before the victim’s identity and age were released by the coroner’s office.

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating the incident, but alcohol does not appear to have been a factor, the release stated.

All juvenile passengers in the boat were found to be wearing personal floatation devices, according to the department.

KTLA’s Jennifer Thang contributed to this story.