A 20-year-old man who crashed his jet-ski into a 16-year-old girl and killed her is set to be released from jail in Hawaii today.
Tyler Dagley, an Australian citizen who was vacationing in Hawaii when he crashed his jet ski into Kristen Fonseca on Aug. 5, was sentenced today to time served, according to ABC News affiliateKITV. He was also ordered to pay a restitution fee of $78,000.
According to police, Dagley was speeding on his jet ski and posing for pictures for his girlfriend at Keehi Lagoon when he slammed into Fonseca, 16, of Vacaville, Calif. She died the next day.
Dagley pleaded no contest to negligent homicide charges in August and was held in Oahu county jail.
Fonseca's family appeared at the sentencing hearing in Honolulu today, where her mother, Evangelina Canton, read a poem that her daughter had written. According to the report, the poem focused on whether Fonseca would grow up to have children and to become a doctor.
Dagley appeared to be crying in court during the reading of the poem, according to KITV.
Mario Canton, Fonseca's father, also addressed the court.
"Our family's life is turned upside-down. We are unable to function at home. We go to sleep crying, wake up crying," he said.
Her mother told the court, "I cry in the morning, I cry before I go to sleep, I cry randomly during the day looking for justice.
"I mean I'm not trying to make this guy suffer, but I need for him to understand that there's a consequence to every decision we make. That's the kind of daughter my daughter was, a very forgiving child, and so I know that it's what she would want me to do," Mrs. Canton said.
Dagley is now set to be released, KITV reported.
Monique Sanchez, told ABC News that she witnessed the crash that killed her sister.
"He was just speeding really fast and then just came up and just slammed right into her," Sanchez told ABC News after the crash.
Kristen's mother and stepfather Mario Canton were also present when the accident happened.
"I then saw her head lunge forward, and hit the steering wheel. Kristen then fell forward, fell back and then fell into the water," Cantol said.
As part of the investigation, police examined a digital camera belonging to Fonseca's girlfriend,Natasha Ryan, to look for scenes of the crash. Ryan said she was driving straight ahead on her jet-ski and did not see the accident, but police investigators recovered deleted videos on her camera that showed Dagley standing and someone yelling, "watch out."
Ryan was arrested and charged with obstructing justice. She is due in court on Friday.
Fonseca's parents have filed suit against Dagley and the jet ski operator, Aloha Jet Ski Tours, seeking money for damages.
Dagley's father, Alan, told ABC News he feels for Kristen's family, but added that what happened was a tragic accident.
"He's a great kid, doesn't do anything wrong," Dagley's father said in August, speaking of his son.
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Security there & the stewards are just like effigies with no power to evict wrong doers and most of those wrong doers have never been to a place like that before nor speaking in my mother tongue to enable me to intervene.