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‘He had no chance,’ dad says of 10-year-old killed by drunken boater

Tony Borcia

Tony Borcia

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Updated: July 16, 2013 6:21AM

At a sentencing hearing Thursday for the drunken boater who mowed over his 10-year-old son last July, Jim Borcia talked about nightmares and flashbacks of Tony’s death.

The Borcia family was enjoying a perfect July day on Petite Lake when David Hatyina, who has pleaded guilty to operating his boat under the influence of alcohol and cocaine, ran over Tony.

“He had no chance against a 30-foot missile being driven by a man who filled his body with drugs,” said Jim Borcia, of Libertyville.

Kane County Judge Clint Hull is expected to deliver the sentence for Hatyina, 51, of Bartlett, after testimony concludes Friday. He could get up to 14 years in prison or probation.

“Society needs to know what happened to Tony is inexcusable,” Jim Borcia said. “My hope is that this court’s sentence . . . will save other Tonys of the world.”

Tony was inner-tubing with his father, his two sisters and brother on Petite Lake in the Chain O’ Lakes on July 28. He had asked his oldest sister, Kaeleigh, 19, for one more turn, she said in her victim-impact statement Thursday.

“I, of course, allowed him to, which was the biggest mistake of my life. . . . I saw what happened clearly,” she said.

She cried as she detailed the moment Hatyina’s boat plowed over him. She said she saw the life preserver “holding the carcass that used to be my brother Tony.”

Tony wanted to be a member of a SWAT team or a police officer. Instead, he will never have that chance because “Mr. Hatyina was doing lines and knocking back drinks,” she told the courtroom, which was packed with more than 50 friends and family members, most of whom wore buttons with Tony’s smiling face.

Prosecutors Ari Fisz and Fred Day called police officers to testify about their investigation. Illinois Department of Natural Resources officer Christ Winters testified that Hatyina operated a 29-foot boat named Purple Haze. Winters said three different types of alcoholic beverages were found on the boat. Lake County Sheriff Marine Unit Deputy Michael Shep testified that Hatyina failed field-sobriety tests and admitted to drinking.

Shep also testified that Hatyina told him that a pontoon boat crossed in front of him, causing him to swerve sharply to the right.

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