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Australian charged in fatal water crash

August 11, 2012
The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A 20-year-old tourist from Australia has been charged in a Hawaii personal watercraft collision that killed a California teen, Honolulu police said Friday.

Tyson Dagley of Brunswick West, Australia, was charged with third-degree negligent homicide after he was arrested Thursday night at a hotel. He was being held on $100,000 bail on the misdemeanor charge and was in court Friday for an initial appearance. He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.

Kristen Fonseca, 16, visiting from Vacaville, Calif., was riding a personal watercraft at Keehi Small Boat Harbor on Sunday when another watercraft crashed into her, authorities said. She died of her injuries Monday, the medical examiner's office said. The cause of death was intracranial hemorrhage.

Dagley was the driver of the Yamaha watercraft that hit Fonseca, according to a police report filed in court.

Fonseca's father, Mario Canton, told reporters at a Waikiki resort Thursday that he watched the 20-year-old crash into her from behind "at a very high rate of speed." He said the man wasn't looking in front of him.

There should be stricter personal watercraft regulations, especially in confined areas, Canton added.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources is also investigating the crash. A spokeswoman said both tourists were riding in an area that's authorized for personal watercraft.

They rented the watercraft from Aloha Jet Ski Rentals. Company officials couldn't be reached Friday. Owner Glenn Cohen told the newspaper earlier this week that the crash was "the first time I have ever experienced anything like that" and said he helped pull Fonseca from the water.

Canton and his wife, Evangelina, laid flowers at Keehi Lagoon and spoke briefly with officials at Aloha Jet Ski, who offered condolences, Canton said. They were to return to California on Friday with their daughter's body.

A candlelight vigil is planned for Sunday at a Vacaville park.

 
 

 

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