CRIME, POLICE + COURTS

Past charges could enhance penalties against man suspected of DUI on Lake Powell

Jun 17, 2019, 5:33 PM | Updated: Dec 30, 2022, 11:27 am
(Kane County)...
(Kane County)
(Kane County)

LAKE POWELL – Prosecutors are getting their case ready against the man accused of the DUI that led to the death of an 18 year old on Lake Powell.  This isn’t the first time he’s been accused of being impaired behind the wheel.

Police have reportedly finished their investigation into the crash that took the life of Jayla Hiatt, although, it could take a few days for that report to be handed to the Kane County Attorney’s Office.  However, prosecutor Rob Van Dyke says officers are already recommending Triston Harrison be charged with automobile homicide.

“Boats and any watercraft fall under the definition of the automobile homicide statute,” Van Dyke says.

Normally, this kind of crime is a third-degree felony, but, Van Dyke says there are a few things that could bump it up to second-degree.  For instance, he says, “You can also be found guilty of a second degree felony if your mental state is with criminal negligence, as opposed to just simple negligence.”

According to the probable cause statement, “Mr. Harrison, as the operator of the boat, was responsible for the safety of all individuals on board.  He was negligent in operation by failing to have a duty of care for the passengers on board the vessel.  Mr. Harrison was aware of, but, consciously disregarded a substantial and unjustifiable risk to the passengers on the watercraft.”

Plus, Harrison’s criminal history could work against him.  He’s currently facing DUI charges from West Valley from an incident that happened less than a month ago.

“[Automobile homicide] can be enhanced to a second degree felony if you have a prior DUI,” Van Dyke says, adding, “That’s definitely what I’m going to be considering when I take a look at the charges.”

Investigators say there were eight people on the boat when Harrison hit a rock and caused the boat to beach.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Today’s Top Stories

Crime, Police + Courts

Carrier at USPS mail truck, USPS is holding a job fair...
Mark Jones

Authorities looking for suspect who allegedly robbed post office employee

Authorities are searching for an individual who allegedly robbed an post office employee on Tuesday.
1 day ago
A 31-year-old man was taken into custody Wednesday in connection to a bank robbery earlier in the d...
Mark Jones

Bank robbery suspect taken into custody by Salt Lake City police

A 31-year-old man was taken into custody Wednesday in connection to a bank robbery earlier in the day.
1 day ago
Brigham City Police need help in locating a missing  14-year-old endangered boy....
Waverly Golden

Brigham City Police locate missing teenager

Brigham City Police need help in locating a missing  14-year-old endangered boy. 
1 day ago
Crossing Guard in Saratoga Springs is almost hit...
Adam Small

Ogden Police looking for driver that hit a crossing guard

A crossing guard was injured in a hit and run on Feb. 7. Police are looking for the driver that fled the scene.
1 day ago
Police are searching for the suspect involved in a stabbing on Tuesday night. The victim is recover...
Amie Schaeffer

West Valley police searching for suspect in apartment stabbing

Police said a man broke into a home inside the Redwood Apartments in West Valley and stabbed another man multiple times.
1 day ago
A selfie taken by Gabby Petito weeks before her death shows she had facial injuries on the day she ...
Andi Babineau and Paradise Afshar, CNN

New photo of Gabby Petito raises questions

Facial injuries are shown on the face of Gabby Petito in a selfie she took weeks before her death.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Skier being towed by a rider on a horse. Skijoring....
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking for a New Winter Activity? Try Skijoring in Bear Lake

This article about skijoring is sponsored by the Bear Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau. Participate in Skijoring the Bear on February 20th, 2023.  What is skijoring? Skijoring is when someone on skis is pulled by a horse, dog, animal, or motor vehicle. The driver leads the skiers through an obstacle course over jumps, hoops, and […]
Banner with Cervical Cancer Awareness Realistic Ribbon...
Intermountain Health

Five Common Causes of Cervical Cancer – and What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness month and cancer experts at Intermountain Health are working to educate women about cervical cancer, the tests that can warn women about potential cancer, and the importance of vaccination.
Kid holding a cisco fish at winterfest...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Get Ready for Fun at the 2023 Bear Lake Monster Winterfest

The Bear Lake Monster Winterfest is an annual weekend event jam-packed full of fun activities the whole family can enjoy. This year the event will be held from January 27-29 at the Utah Bear Lake State Park Marina and Sunrise Resort and Event Center in Garden City, Utah. 
happy friends with sparklers at christmas dinner...
Macey's

15 Easy Christmas Dinner Ideas

We’ve scoured the web for you and narrowed down a few of our favorite Christmas dinner ideas to make your planning easy. Choose from the dishes we’ve highlighted to plan your meal or start brainstorming your own meal plan a couple of weeks before to make sure you have time to shop and prepare.
Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...
Macey's

5 Game Day Snacks for the Whole Family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...
Sorenson

The Best Tools for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Workplace Success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Past charges could enhance penalties against man suspected of DUI on Lake Powell