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Man pleads guilty to DUI boating crash that killed 10-year-old

David Hatyina

David Hatyina

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Updated: April 9, 2013 3:22PM

A northwest suburban man pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol in a boating accident that killed a 10-year-old boy in the Chain O’Lakes last summer.

Under terms of the deal, David Hatyina, 51, of Barlett, could face up to 14 years in the death of Tony Borcia of Libertyville. Borcia’s mother cried softly as Hatyina entered his plea before Kane County Judge Clint Hull.

Additional counts of aggravated DUI and reckless homicide were dropped in exchange for the guilty plea.

Hatyina was under the influence of alcohol and cocaine as he steered a powerboat about 40 mph toward the northern edge of Petite Lake in the Chain O’Lakes last year, said Assistant State’s Attorney Ari Fisz.

Borcia had fallen off an inner tube, and his father was turning the boat around to pick up the boy as Hatyina piloted the boat in their direction, Fisz said. Borcia waved his arms, and his family shouted at Hatyina, but he didn’t stop, Fisz said. Borcia died of his injuries in the collision.

Police found several alcoholic beverages and cocaine residue on Hatyina’s boat, Fisz said. Hatyina’s blood sample also contained cocaine, Fisz said. Hatyina’s blood was drawn about four hours after the incident. His BAC level was .052. A scientific principle was used to determine that Hatyina’s BAC was between .09 and .128 at the time of the incident, Fisz said.

Hatyina is due back in court May 16. He remains free on $1 million bond. Sentencing is scheduled for June 13.

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