Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s parents were involved a boating accident in Fresno on Friday, May 26, and his mother Bonnie Horowitz Kalanick has passed away. His father Donald Kalanick was also injured.
The company provided the following statement. “Last night Travis and his family suffered an unspeakable tragedy. His mother passed away in a devastating boating accident near Fresno and his father is in serious condition. Our thoughts and prayers are with Travis and his family in this heartbreaking time.”
According to the Fresno County Sherrif’s office, dispatchers received a report of a boat accident at Pine Flat Lake. The caller said one person was injured and another person was possibly dead. Deputies with the Sheriff’s Office Boating Enforcement Unit were already patrolling the water and responded to the back of the lake. Deputies aboard EAGLE One also flew to the area to help with locating the boat and victims. Deputies later found a man and woman on shore. He had moderate injuries and the woman was deceased. The Skylife helicopter arrived and flew the man to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno.
Deputies spoke with the survivor and discovered his boat had sank in the lake. A preliminary report indicates the boat struck a rock and the man and woman on the boat suffered injuries from the collision.
The survivor and victim, in their early 70s, were later identified as the parents of Travis Kalanik, Uber Co-founder.