A 58-year-old Magnolia man died Saturday morning after a boat collision at Lake Conroe, Montgomery County authorities said.
Michael Wayne Conaway, originally from Big Spring, was an avid boater and went to the lake for a weekend bass fishing tournament, according to relatives.
He and another man in a boat misunderstood who would change direction, investigators said, and crashed while both traveling approximately 45 mph.
"The boats tried to yield in the proper way and they didn't think the other one was going to yield," said Montgomery County Precinct 1 Deputy Constable Rusty Fincher. "They swerved back and forth, and collided."
Conaway was "severely injured" and later pronounced dead, he said.
The other man was not injured, according to authorities.
"I still can't believe he's gone," said Debra Wallace, Conaway's aunt. "I didn't really believe it until I saw his name printed in a news report."
She said she "kept calling his cell [phone]" in disbelief, convinced he would pick up and tell her he was alive.
The two grew up together in Big Spring and remained close throughout their adult lives. Conaway was only a year younger than Wallace and "felt more like a brother than a nephew," she said.
"I'm going to miss everything about him," said Wallace. "I already do."
Authorities are conducting an ongoing investigation into the accident.