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Suit filed in little boy's boating death

 Posted on December 00, 0000 in Boating Accidents

The family of a 10-year-old boy who died after he was run over by a boat has filed a lawsuit against the boater and a passenger. The family says the two were recklessly partying before the crash that took the boy's life. The Chicago Tribune reported a story on the case.

According to the family of victim, Tony Borcia, the powerboat Purple Haze was going fast enough that its bow was lifted off the water, making it impossible for the driver, David Hatyina, too see where he was going.

Hatyina, 51, faces charges of reckless homicide and aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol and cocaine, according to prosecutors. The passenger is mentioned in the suit, but she is likely to not be charged with anything.

The family's attorney said that on waterways, right of way is given to the one approaching on the right, which, in this case, was Tony's father. He was towing two of his children on an inner tube when the 29-foot Baja outlaw failed to yield and hit the boy.

With the number of car accidents, it is easy to think that cars and trucks are the only motorized vehicles causing deaths and injuries, but this case is a reminder that boats can be very dangerous when handled recklessly.

If you or a loved one are injured because of someone else's reckless driving, you might be eligible for compensation. You should contact an experienced personal injury attorney to find out how you should proceed. Contact our offices in Orland Park or Chicago when you need a dedicated personal injury attorney.

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