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Police allege girlfriend hindered prosecution in fatal crash

By Rob Shikina

LAST UPDATED: 02:21 a.m. HST, Aug 12, 2012

The girlfriend of the Australian tourist charged with causing the death of a California teenager in a personal watercraft crash at Keehi Lagoon has been charged with second-degree hindering prosecution.

Natasha Ryan, 21, of Brisbane, Australia, turned herself in to detectives at the Honolulu Police Department's South Beretania Street headquarters at 3:35 p.m. Friday and was released 40 minutes later after posting $500 bail. Police said she misled investigators during the negligent homicide investigation.

Hindering prosecution is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison.

Ryan's boyfriend, Tyson Dagley, also of Brisbane, was arrested and charged Thursday with third-degree negligent homicide for causing the death of Kristen Fonseca, 16, of Vacaville, Calif. The collision occurred Sunday afternoon.

In a police report filed in District Court Friday, investigators said Dagley was standing on his rented watercraft before it hit Fonseca's watercraft from behind. The report said he was not paying attention to where he was going, only looking at his girlfriend, who was taking video and photos.

The report said Ryan told police that Dagley was going slow or at medium speed throughout his rides and before the collision was sitting down and looking straight ahead. She said she didn’t see the collision and didn’t take photos of it. 

A forensic computer examiner with HPD was able to recover two deleted video segments from the memory stick in Ryan’s Olympus camera, one of which shows the collision, according to police. In the video, Dagley appears to be standing on the watercraft, the report said.

Ryan is scheduled to appear in Honolulu District Court on Sept. 7.

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NanakuliBoss wrote:
Time to call mummy.
on August 11,2012 | 09:06AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
But really, if the boy had time for hotdogging on video, then the management had time to react. I can't blame it too much on the customers. They are young, excited tourist visiting exotic Hawaii. It's time the Fire Dept. And EMS go after $$$ spent on extracting tourist who wander into the "secret places" of Hawaii.
on August 11,2012 | 09:12AM
copperwire9 wrote:
You're just plainly weird. It wasn' a 'secret place,' dude. And it wasn't management's fault the boy was hot-dogging.
on August 11,2012 | 09:31AM
mcc wrote:
It's just Nanakuli Boss spouting off his mouth again. I think he works for HART>
on August 11,2012 | 10:49AM
808chubs wrote:
hehe..good one
on August 11,2012 | 11:14AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Maybe HART but some of his past comments suggest that he is new to Hawaii.
on August 11,2012 | 03:55PM
ISAY wrote:
You read that wrong copperwire. Try again.
on August 11,2012 | 04:54PM
Cubsfan wrote:
lol, what a joke. Blame everything and everybody except the two who should and are to blame, mate.
on August 11,2012 | 01:45PM
hatman wrote:
Time to grow up and act like an adult and take responsibility for ones own actions. Nothing was on purpose but inattention caused a death. Lying like a child will not make it go away. Being a tourist is no excuse, neither is being young and "hot-dogging". Look at our roadways and the death toll. Hawaii is not Disneyland. Not all activities around the ocean can be monitored for 100 percent safety.
on August 11,2012 | 09:40AM
kahu808 wrote:
Thrillcraft operators need to look into installing remote control kill switches in these jet skis. If someone is riding recklessly, they can cut the engine.
on August 11,2012 | 09:46AM
kainalu wrote:
One minute you're hot-dogging on a jet ski, the next you're living in a nightmare - responsible for taking a life, injured yourself, now facing criminal charges, and surely to face civil charges. And your girl-friend in trouble two for a moment of poor indescretion. From riding a jet ski in Hawaii on vacation, to living a real nightmare. I consider both, the deceased girl and this young man victims.
on August 11,2012 | 11:04AM
inverse wrote:
Your argument is flawed because for the girlfriend to lie to police and attempt to destroy evidence that photographed the collision is proof that the girlfriend KNEW that Dagley was acting in a reckless and irresponsible manner.
on August 12,2012 | 07:45AM
mitt_grund wrote:
Sad accident that could have been avoided. Too bad the Fonseca girl had to choose that day to be out there with a vainglorious cowboy. Would have been better if his girlfriend had been on the Fonseca jetski. Would have eliminated the need for her to cover up for her boyfriend. Girlfriend shows her true self by her actions. Funny that the cover up is a lesser crime. Should be both charged the same. Bail should have been $100,000 for her, too.
on August 11,2012 | 11:01AM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
I don't understand when people say "it could have been avoided". How? Nobody knows when accidents will happen. The sure way, in this instance would've been to not go jet ski riding. Tragic as this was, we can't prevent all accidental deaths, as some would like to believe.
on August 11,2012 | 12:50PM
ptofview wrote:
You gotta be kidding. This was not an accident, it was negligent behavior that killed the 16 year old girl. The driver didn't need to speed, didn't need to look sideways instead of forward, and didn't need to act without regard for others in the same water space.
on August 11,2012 | 01:17PM
popaa wrote:
Amen. Throw the book at Dagley. It was through his inattention to driving which caused the "accident". Hey dontbelieve, when you are driving a motor vehicle, whether on land or sea, LOOK WHERE YOU ARE GOING.
on August 11,2012 | 01:54PM
8082062424 wrote:
Then maybe we should apply the same laws for driving a motor vehicle to driving water crafts. Because very little law on the sea on these water crafts you have to be at least 15 that about it
on August 11,2012 | 03:08PM
ROBT wrote:
We always see the commercials with he vehicle going and doing cool things but we all forget that there is a cute little disclaimer in small print that this is a professional on a closed course. If this was my daughter I would be pissed and that is an extreme understatement! The set up of how and where they ride th vehicles is probably the biggest problem. This does not release the driver that caused this from responsibility but it does mitigate it a little. When we go on trips we all want pictures of us doing cool things that is why they must of had a really bad set up. This course should have been run like a track with certain heats and time distances between the next person that goes threw. If someone stalls you need to have a way to stop the next driver or flag them to slow down and go with caution!
on August 11,2012 | 11:55AM
entrkn wrote:
They must be getting information from their lawyer about how all the hit and runs get away with murder in Hawaii... they are trying to get away with murder too... prison time for all of them.
on August 11,2012 | 11:58AM
ROBT wrote:
This was not a hit and run. You are trying to make a satan! Could you see yourself doing the same thing this young guy did? Waving at your wife while she takes a picture...(hopefully not at the speed he was going) What was the safety meeting like before they could take these vehicles out?
on August 11,2012 | 12:22PM
Cubsfan wrote:
Going 90 mph in a car and wave to your wife while not paying attention to the road and crash into another vehicle, you will get arrested. Get it ROBT.
on August 12,2012 | 12:44AM
ROBT wrote:
On a special track made for them to mess around without a correct safety meeting or strictly enforced rules!!! On a racetrack if there is an accident what happens?
on August 13,2012 | 09:37AM
ROBT wrote:
They were on a special track made for them to mess around and that is what he was doing. So there is his reasonable doubt! This is not a street with set rules this is track for this type of vehicle! That is why spending the amount of money on a trial for this guy is a waste of money
on August 13,2012 | 10:10AM
GorillaSmith wrote:
It would be nice to see this same level of energy on the part of HPD the next time a drunk driver kills someone here.
on August 11,2012 | 12:13PM
tobyclairmont wrote:
Another liar...don't let her off the hook. Good work HPD.
on August 11,2012 | 12:28PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Wow! That girl tried to delete the video showing the crash, Good for the forensic computer examiner in retrieving the video. That girl should be charged with a criminal offense.
on August 11,2012 | 12:48PM
popaa wrote:
That shows her character, or whatever is left of it.
on August 11,2012 | 01:55PM
soundofreason wrote:
Ummmm........very first paragraph.......... "The girlfriend of the Australian tourist charged with causing the death of a California teenager in a personal watercraft crash at Keehi Lagoon has been arrested and charged with second-degree hindering prosecution."
on August 11,2012 | 02:00PM
Mallory wrote:
The police needs to treat all cases with the same level of aggressiveness and tenacity like they have demonstrated for this case. Why only perform to the highest level when it involves a high profile case. B.S.
on August 11,2012 | 02:41PM
McB0B wrote:
What the boyfriend did was a tragic accident caused by doing something stupid that people do every day without the potential danger even occurring to them. The girlfriend, however, engaged in a deliberate act, but no doubt she'll get a slap on the wrist and he'll be treated as if he'd plotted it for six months. My heart goes out to Kristen Fonseca's family and loved ones as well as those of the young man. All they both wanted to do that day was have fun on their vacations in beautiful Hawaii.
on August 11,2012 | 04:02PM
Dragonman wrote:
You have a good point McBob, the boyfriend although instrumental in causing the crash did not do it on purpose, his girlfriend's behavior however in her attempt to destroy the digital evidence crucial to the case did so with intent, and as such he should be proscuted to the full extent of the law. My condolences to all involved in this tragic incident.
on August 11,2012 | 05:09PM
Anonymous wrote:
He may not have done it on purpose but his actions were clearly negligent. Any reasonable and prudent person would exercise caution riding a jet ski and watching where he was going. Being distracted and hamming for the camera brought about a tragic accident that was clearly within the realm of possible outcomes. As for the rental company, was there any safety brief before cutting their customers loose, and if so, what was the nature and extent of the safety briefing? Still lots of unanswered questions. Condolences to Miss Fonseca's family, particularly her parents.
on August 11,2012 | 06:33PM
Macadamiamac wrote:
Stupid is what stupid does. Both of them.
on August 11,2012 | 06:22PM
noheawilli wrote:
HPD/prosecuters office you disgust me. Did you tell her about her rights or just laugh about her ignorance of such. Seriosly if Mr. Michael Green has ever thought about pro bono work. I will give Hume 40 hrs of pro bono lawn care. Put me on the jury. It's time for jury nullification. Pathetic!
on August 11,2012 | 09:45PM
username_required wrote:
She wasn't a suspect so why would they read her her Miranda rights? She was a witness who, as it turned out, tried to mislead the investigators. Jury nullification can be a tool to render a particular law unprosecutable. So I take it you wish to allow witnesses to lie their asses off until they have been read their legal right to...uh... what? Not remember what they saw? Learn to reformat their SD cards?
on August 11,2012 | 10:53PM
niimi wrote:
I don't cover up for my children. They have to take responsibility for their actions.
on August 11,2012 | 11:30PM
niimi wrote:
Allegedly standing on the watercraft, looking at his hot chick GF and not paying attention. Caught on video. Then the GF deletes the file trying to tamper with evidence. Obstruction of justice. Perhaps lying to police. This is serious. I wonder how anyone with any sense could think this was anything but the fault of the jet ski rider?
on August 11,2012 | 11:33PM
niimi wrote:
I despise the word, "accident." This was a crash, a collision. If that were your 16 year old daughter killed it would not be an...accident.
on August 11,2012 | 11:36PM
niimi wrote:
It's like the fools that stand on the blowhole, get jacked in the air and sucked down into the drowning tube. Then the fools want to sue the county. No one to blame but himself. Same for his GF.
on August 11,2012 | 11:38PM
kailua000 wrote:
what i find truly amazing is that the guy didnt lie! the girl lied but the guy told police he wasnt paying attention, he was looking at the girlfriend. Gotta give someone credit for not trying to lie their way out of a homocide charage. If he were american he would have gotten a slimy lawyer and the lawyer would have tried to blame it on the dead girl, saying she crossed in front of him speeding while he was going slow.
on August 12,2012 | 05:58AM
LMAO wrote:
THats what happends when you're not paying attention,someone gets hurt. No one to blame by the offender.
on August 12,2012 | 06:15AM
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