Uber CEO's Mom Killed in Boating Accident

Bonnie Kalanick's boat hit a rock in California lake, sank
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 28, 2017 6:07 AM CDT
Uber CEO's Mom Killed in Boating Accident
FILE - In this April 29, 2014 file photo, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick arrives at the 2014 TIME 100 Gala in New York. Kalanick's mother died in a boat accident Friday evening, May 26, 2017, in Fresno County, the company said. Bonnie Kalanick, 71, died after the boat she and her husband, Donald, were riding...   (Evan Agostini)

The mother of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick died in a boat accident in a California lake, reports the AP. Bonnie Kalanick, 71, died after the boat she and her husband, Donald, 78, were riding in hit a rock in Pine Flat Lake and sank, Fresno County authorities said. The Kalanicks, from the Northridge neighborhood of Los Angeles, have been longtime boaters. In a memo to Uber staff, Liane Hornsey, the chief human resources officer, called the Friday evening accident an "unthinkable tragedy." She wrote that "everyone in the Uber family knows how incredibly close Travis is to his parents."

Officers were called to the scene and found the couple on a shore of the lake, the Sheriff's office said in a statement. Bonnie Kalanick died at the scene, and her husband suffered moderate injuries, the sheriff's office said. An autopsy of Bonnie Kalanick is planned, the office said. Donald Kalanick is being treated at a hospital and is in stable condition, the company said. The couple's other son, Cory Kalanick, is a firefighter with the Fresno Fire Department. Travis Kalanick, 40, founded Uber in 2009; the company has since grown to become an international operation with a market value of nearly $70 billion. (More Travis Kalanick stories.)

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