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Father of suspect in Keehi Lagoon crash speaks up for son

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:44 a.m. HST, Aug 14, 2012

The father of a 20-year-old Australian tourist arrested for a fatal personal watercraft crash at Keehi Lagoon says he fears he will have to return home without his son.

"The maximum penalty is a year in jail, so we're trying to prepare ourselves for the worst and go from there," Alan Dagley told the Courier-Mail newspaper in Australia from his hotel room in Honolulu. "We know they (the victim's family) are hurting and we couldn't imagine being on their side. Tyson was saying to us that he wished it was him."

Alan Dagley’s son Tyson, 20, of Crestmead, south of Brisbane, Australia, remains in custody on $100,000 bail after his arrest last week on a misdemeanor negligent homicide charge. 

Police said Dagley was showing off for his girlfriend and not paying attention when his rented Yamaha Waverunner smashed into the back of another rented personal watercraft ridden by 16-year-old Kristen Fonseca on an Aloha Jet Ski Rentals course in Keehi Lagoon on Aug. 4. Fonseca died after hitting her head on the Yamaha’s handlebars.

Dagley’s girlfriend, Natasha Ryan, was arrested and charged with hindering prosecution for allegedly deleting a video showing the crash and the moments before the crash. She is free on $500 bail.

Alan Dagley said his son, a carpet cleaner, and Ryan had saved for two years to go on what they thought would be a dream vacation.

"He's very scared, he's still not that well with the injuries he got through his neck, head and shoulders. He's a good kid, he hasn't got a bad bone in his body, he wouldn't hurt anyone and that's the honest truth, he's so kind-hearted and accidents happen."

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Aquarius1 wrote:
The tragedies of youth and venturing into a thrill-seeking adventure, albeit risky and dangerous. When one is on vacation, remain ever vigilant and careful.
on August 13,2012 | 08:41AM
96706 wrote:
Good advice Aquarius.
on August 13,2012 | 11:10AM
Eradication wrote:
Yes, Dad, accidents happen and a 16-year old is going back to California in a coffin because of this accident. Unfortunately, this accident could have been prevented. Two lives ruined...how sad.
on August 13,2012 | 08:46AM
cojef wrote:
An accident no doubt, and consequences must be paid for his in attention.
on August 13,2012 | 08:56AM
oioman wrote:
Accidents happen!!!! This boy is being a scapegoat. Aloha Jet-Ski and the State of Hawaii is responsible. Lack of proper training, vague safety procedures and lack of laws. These jet-skis are literally water motorcycles with no brakes! This could have happened to anybody. This would not be one of those frivolous law suits if the State of Hawaii gets sued.
on August 13,2012 | 09:00AM
nj24 wrote:
Someone died so it is not frivolous anymore
on August 13,2012 | 09:22AM
popaa wrote:
Yes, accidents happen. This this is one that should not have happened and could have easily been avoided had Dagley been paying attention to where he was going. He operated his vehicle in a negligent manner, and for that, he has to pay the consequences. Prayers to the families on both sides.
on August 13,2012 | 09:22AM
moiman wrote:
on August 13,2012 | 09:43AM
mokebla wrote:
Yes he's on drugs and needs a handout for more drugs. Must be a liberal, trying to make money off a small business owner.
on August 13,2012 | 11:06AM
Cubsfan wrote:
Blame the other guy, that's the american way!
on August 13,2012 | 10:22AM
beachbum11 wrote:
True but the kid was acting like a jerk and must face the facts and pay for his wrong doing. His father should blame him self also for not brining this kid up with respect for others. Always the case my son is a good boy, then why did he act stupid
on August 13,2012 | 10:40AM
spamhawaii wrote:
The kid was acting like a kid. The point is that he was on vacation and carefree. I am in NO WAY supporting his actions and he MUST face the consequences but come on, everyone was young as some point. As for the victim's family, I really do feel for them. I can be honest and say if I was the victim's relative, I would not be as open minded about this. No amount of money, apologies, or prison sentence can ever make up for what happened. Maybe Tyson Dagley is a good kid, maybe he's not but reality is that good people ALSO do stupid things. I'm guessing that people in general think they're a good person but I bet everyone at some point has driven over the speed limit, jaywalked, or did something in their lifetime that was questionable. It's just REALITY. Lately, it seems like more and more tourists having been dying in Hawaii. I bet the Hawaii Tourism Authority cringes at incidents like these especially when both families are tourists. Of course this is an isolated incident but word of mouth is a powerful thing. Peace
on August 13,2012 | 05:58PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
I totally agree with you. I would've written the same exact words.
on August 14,2012 | 05:35AM
walaau808 wrote:
So it's Aloha Jet-Ski and the State of Hawaii's fault? I didn't think either entity was driving the ski. What ever happened to accepting the consequence for a bad decision? Do you feel the same way about a motor vehicle driver who is inattentive and "showing off" when they hit another car or person causing someone's death? Is it the responsibility of the car lot, the DMV for issuing a license, the manufacturer of the car, the State of Hawaii, etc. etc.? Although tragic on both sides, justice must be served...
on August 13,2012 | 11:56AM
Graham wrote:
In Hawaii...all of the above...
on August 13,2012 | 12:23PM
allie wrote:
well said..lot of greed out here
on August 13,2012 | 11:58AM
Cubsfan wrote:
and most of the time, it's the mainlanders who sue.
on August 13,2012 | 08:22PM
timtower wrote:
So you're saying if I rent a car from Enterprise, drive it recklessly and kill someone, it's Enterprise and the State's fault. Wow, you're either a troll or the dumbest person ever living.
on August 13,2012 | 07:35PM
saveparadise wrote:
This was a tragic accident. Unless alchohol was involved I don't believe jail time is the correct punishment in this case. But someone must be held accountable and restitutions should be made to the family of Kristen Fonseca. Both Dagley and Aloha Jet Ski rentals should pay. How do you put a price tag on the life of a beautiful young woman?? Condolences to the family.
on August 13,2012 | 09:21AM
allie wrote:
People out here get away with murder and violence. Hard to see why this kid should be given any jail time. Civil suits though.
on August 13,2012 | 11:59AM
Mallory wrote:
The confined area they are riding in is a NO-RESTRICTION speed zone. Pretty interesting way for DLNR to set this up giving the people who rent these crafts probably have NEVER used Jet Skis before and minimal safety and riding instructions. I mean how much training can you actually give tourists who do not want to spend a valuable whole day learning the proper safety measures
on August 13,2012 | 09:26AM
jess wrote:
Confined area is right, it's tiny, and they pack them in like cattle. They don't give proper safety training, although both riders involved were experienced. The company is just as liable as the kid from Australia, if not more liable, there has got to be a way to put a limit on the speed the rented jet skis can travel.
on August 13,2012 | 09:49AM
bobbob wrote:
the skis should have had some type of throttle governor on it, which is an inexpensive way to prevent the vehicle from going too fast. A more expensive solution would be a remote cutout switch, which allows the company personnel to remotely cut power if they detect someone is riding in an unsafe manner. Allowing inexperienced riders to go WOT on full sized skis is asking for trouble.
on August 13,2012 | 09:49AM
CriticalReader wrote:
Jet Skis are an accident like this waiting to happen. You wouldn't let people, much less a kid the deceased girl's age (her sister was even younger, right?) go driving a motorcycle. Why Jet Skis? Shouldn't let these Jet Ski companies run. REALLY shouldn't permit minors to ride alone.
on August 13,2012 | 09:42AM
bobbob wrote:
why not? Many kids start riding dirtbikes, which is a motorcycle at age 5. Main difference is that the bikes are sized to the kids, and the beginner bikes don't have a crazy amount of power. Like I mentioned above, they should have used skis with smaller motors or restrict the throttle.
on August 13,2012 | 09:52AM
CriticalReader wrote:
Actually you're right. I forgot about the fact that kids are allowed to ride dirtbikes, which I consider idiotic also.
on August 13,2012 | 11:02AM
bobbob wrote:
hows about bicycles, skateboards, etc. people can and do die in all sorts of outdoors activities, and with more frequency than a jetski accident. Dont think kids should even go outside the house until they hit age 18. It's much too dangerous.
on August 13,2012 | 02:16PM
Has anyone thought about his girlfriend? Why did she delete the scene on her camera? Did they want to hit the other jetski on purpose? What was she hiding? Another thing, guns are okay as jet skies are okay. Guns and jet skies don't kill, it's the person holding the gun and operating the jet ski. I do feel awfully bad about Kristen Fonseca, so young and just starting life, but bad decisions made by people can't be erased. I pray for her and her family always.
on August 13,2012 | 09:57AM
kainalu wrote:
Sometimes accidents are just that - accidents. A 20-year old acting a fool on a jet ski in the water - and some are astonished? The kid is living a nightmare - responsible for the death of another, injured seriously himself, facing criminal charges, surely to face civil charges. He comes to Hawaii for a dream vacation, goes jet skiing and wakes up in a living nightmare.
on August 13,2012 | 10:19AM
oxtail01 wrote:
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on August 13,2012 | 10:38AM
BH1 wrote:
Cmon oxtail. That's RIDICULOUS. this WAS an ACCIDENT. are you saying he killed her on purpose?? And yes, it is different from drinking and driving. That's AGAINST THE LAW. But "hot dogging" and "showing off" in a restricted, private course and killing someone is not. This was an accident. The reality is that is that the only WILLING thing both parties did was to CHOOSE to participate in a dangerous activity while on vacation.
on August 13,2012 | 11:01AM
kainalu wrote:
Sure oxtail. The kid woke up that morning and "WILLFULLY" decided he's going to go mow someone down in a jet ski. Yeah ... right.
on August 13,2012 | 11:22AM
Cubsfan wrote:
negilent homocide
on August 13,2012 | 07:41PM
allie wrote:
wrong...it was an accident
on August 13,2012 | 12:00PM
Dragonman wrote:
Oxtail is right, it was not an accident. There was no intent on Tyson's part to hurt anyone and that is why he is being charged with negilent homocide, it there was intent he would be charged with murder. An accident is something that happens and you have no control over it happening, in this case the crash happened as a direct result of his neglient behavior.
on August 13,2012 | 12:46PM
allie wrote:
ummm..that would be determined in a fair trail. It is an accident until he is found guilty of NH in a court of law
on August 13,2012 | 12:56PM
Denominator wrote:
No. He wasn't even charged with murder. The prosecution will either prove that it was an accident for which he's responsible or an accident for which he isn't responsible. He can't be convicted of murder when he wasn't charged with it.
on August 13,2012 | 03:50PM
leoscott wrote:
This was totally an accident unless the kid was drunk or wanted to crash the other jet ski on purpose. Don't tell me none of the commenters here never did anything stupid on their life. We are just lucky none of the stupid things we did lead to any tragedy.
on August 13,2012 | 01:17PM
kainalu wrote:
Mahalo. There are those throwing stones from their glass houses.
on August 13,2012 | 03:13PM
Peacenik wrote:
Sad incident. Perhaps family can pay a hefty fine, and continued payments, instead of prison time. Or maybe short prison term, 1 month, where the whole family future isn't ruined. Of course cannot compare to the sorrow the victim's family are going through and hope it works out best for everyone.
on August 13,2012 | 10:29AM
ftaele83 wrote:
the boy needs to man up and do the time. In fact, he needs to respectfully ask the court that he serve the max amount of time behind bars--with no need wasting time w/ prosecution process (and he's got no rights anyways). kid's lucky that he'd do ONLY ONE YEAr!!! WHAT A JOKE!11
on August 13,2012 | 10:30AM
oxtail01 wrote:
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on August 13,2012 | 10:32AM
BH1 wrote:
You don't even know the kid oxtail. Nor his parents. But you're so quick to pass judgement. So using your basis for judgement, and coming to a conclusion about a kid and his parents after simply reading your comments... I'm gonna say that your kids must be punks too. So were your parents. Cause you're probably just a chip off their old blocks. Right?
on August 13,2012 | 11:09AM
Poipounder808 wrote:
Hey oxtail, congrats, you get the D-bag of the day award.
on August 13,2012 | 01:21PM
loquaciousone wrote:
on August 13,2012 | 02:09PM
kailua000 wrote:
Like I said in an earlier post, you gotta give it to the boy. He did not lie, he did not try to get out of it and did not hire a slimy lawyer who blames the girl. He admitted he was looking elsewhere and not paying attention. By no means does it make it right , but he's not trying to get out of his responsibility like most .
on August 13,2012 | 10:47AM
mokebla wrote:
Accidents happen because of negligents. I'm sure he doesn't have a bad bone in him, but life is about choice's and he made a bad one. His girl friend didn't help him any by deleting the truth. Both of them needs to face the music and move on. He's alive and a young lady is dead. If it was and island girl it wouldn't be news sad to say.
on August 13,2012 | 10:59AM
kailua000 wrote:
yes it would be news but locals would be calling for the electric chair
on August 13,2012 | 03:56PM
BH1 wrote:
Everyone asking for this kid to be locked up calling him a punk, or blaming his dad for speaking up for his son... I have one question... What would you be saying if that was YOUR KID who accidentally killed someone while participating in a dangerous activity on vacation? "Yeah... My kid's a cocky, reckless punk. I'm to blame also cause I didn't raise him right. I think they should just lock him up and let him serve his full time."
on August 13,2012 | 11:16AM
Cubsfan wrote:
OK Mr Dagley, whatever you say!
on August 13,2012 | 07:37PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Get a better attorney. Make a no jail term plea deal with the Prosecutors, pay a fine and go home. BTW the civil suit is heading your way anytime now.
on August 13,2012 | 11:51AM
hukihei wrote:
We should be regulating the jet ski rentals. And the hotels in Waikiki could back off on the extreme sport promotions. I think this entire community, dependant on tourism dollars, should understand it's duty to take care of its visitors by effective rule making.
on August 13,2012 | 11:57AM
likewise wrote:
I'm wondering, if anyone knows, what kind of waiver/terms of use documents does one have to sign to rent one of these jetski's?
on August 13,2012 | 12:14PM
TheKagawas wrote:
There is plenty of blame to go around.... This was an accident... I have heard no reason as to why this kid is in jail... Maybe she shouldn't have stopped.... Just sayin.... If someone stops their car on the middle of H1 and anoter person hits the car from behind, you dont go and arrest the second driver, uless if he was drunk of course.... Was this kid intoxicatred?
on August 13,2012 | 12:15PM
dpinsacto wrote:
It was irresponsible of Kristen Fonseca's parents to allow their minor child to participate in such as high risk activity. Perhaps they should be charged with negligence and child endangerment.
on August 13,2012 | 12:29PM
bobbob wrote:
I agree. They should have strapped her in a chair at home and only let her out to attend school.
on August 13,2012 | 12:50PM
BH1 wrote:
I would not go so far as to say Fonseca's parents should be charged. That's ridiculous. They are suffering beyond our imagination and I am SURE are full of regrets. But in agreement with dp's first sentence... My question is, if you read a disclaimer/waiver which I'm sure is the same for skydiving, parasailing, zip lining etc... And it says to the extent, "this is a dangerous activity and could result in serious bodily harm or even death".... As a parent, do you STILL let a 15yo participate? One must also realize that by letting their child participate in such an activity, it could have just as easily been her that killed someone else.
on August 13,2012 | 01:00PM
bobbob wrote:
I see nothing wrong with it if it's the parents and the child's choice to engage in those activities. But it should be done in a way that matches the person's skill level. If a child doesn't know how to ride a bicycle, you obviously don't give them a tricked out bmx bike, then push them off a halfpipe. If the activity is supposedly monitored, you'd expect the equipment not to far exceed a user's skill level, and if people are using it in a potentially dangerous way, put a halt to that behavior. If you have someone that wants to ride a jetski WOT, you don't put him in a novice area.
on August 13,2012 | 02:23PM
Cubsfan wrote:
Blame the victim! Gotta love mainland thinking!
on August 13,2012 | 07:30PM
kaulanakala wrote:
This young man will forever know in his life that his recklessness took a life, I am sure he regrets this will all of his heart...he will do the time and move on....the jet ski companies and the State should make harsher rules and regulations on these jet skis...ie.adjust the motor to not allow high speeds....enforce patrolling of jet ski area by the State or jet ski company to ensure saftey guidelines are being observed. Prayers to the young man and his family and the young gal and her family who has to take her body back to the mainland.
on August 13,2012 | 12:40PM
lowtone123 wrote:
Accident would be to assume he was following all rules and direction given to him when he went out and he was not drunk, not on drugs or anything else that may impare his ability to drive the watercraft. It would also mean that his attention was to his driving and nothing else. If the witnesses statements are correct and he didn't see that the victim had slowed down then it is not an accident.
on August 13,2012 | 01:38PM
BH1 wrote:
The definition of "accident" does not need to be broken down. It seems most people wanna play lawyer on here. But from what i am getting out of what has been released, it was an ACCIDENT. if anyone on here thinks this kid INTENTIONALLY wanted to kill this girl than come out and say so. But I think 99% of the humans in this world will say that this was just a TRAGIC accident. There is no need to deconstruct the definition of the word accident to proves one's intelligence on here.
on August 13,2012 | 02:09PM
Cubsfan wrote:
From what I'm getting, he was acting like a nut on skis. If I was driving a car 100 mph while posing for a picture, I would be arrested as well. YEEEEEEEEEEEEHAWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
on August 13,2012 | 07:34PM
BH1 wrote:
If you're driving a car 100mph on a PUBLIC road... Yeah. You should he arrested. And you're also an idiot, but if you VOLUNTARILY sign up to drive a high powered vehicle on a private course with other inexperienced drivers who are YEEEEEEEAHAWWWWWING on vacation... Then accidents can and most likely will happen. THATS WHY YOU SIGN A DISCLAIMER!!! You sound like a guy who would sign up for skydiving and if your chute didn't open, would be wishing from the grave for your family to sue and blame the company. Again, this was TRAGIC, and I am in no way blaming the victim. It was an accident.
on August 13,2012 | 08:58PM
bobbob wrote:
it is an accident, if it is not intentional.... It's an accident, but not an incident. Perhaps you're confusing those two words?
on August 13,2012 | 02:25PM
lowtone123 wrote:
He may be a great guy who made a terrible mistake but his mistake robbed someone of their life. A young life seemed full of promise. Tragic.
on August 13,2012 | 01:43PM
st1d wrote:
this was not an accident. it was an avoidable motor vehicle collision. if only tyson dagley paid more attention to where he was going and was driving at a slower speed kristen fonseca would be alive today. worse, natsha ryan knowingly tried to destroy evidence and lied in the negligent homicide investigation. condolences to the fonseca family.
on August 13,2012 | 01:49PM
Denominator wrote:
Yes accidents do happen but that girlfriend's action was intentional and she deserves the maximum penalty she can get! She really should be in jail!
on August 13,2012 | 03:56PM
Civis wrote:
Accidents happen and an accident is an accident. Are there rules and regulations to operate a jet ski or just guidelines? One fatal accident is one too many and Hawaii has had many. These "recreational" activities are allowed because of the tourist industry but that doesn't mean that it is at all safe. The word recreation indicates fun and I think that those people who went out there that day set out to have fun. It turned into a tragedy and there is a family in mourning and a young man whose life will never be the same. If anyone says that he did it intentionally that is absurd. He was carelessly having fun on a very dangerous vehicle that travels at a high speed, has been known to kill swimmers, and should not be used for recreation.
on August 13,2012 | 01:57PM
Denominator wrote:
What? Because it has been known to kill swimmers, it should not be used for recreation???? Are you serious? What about boats? What about surfing? What about diving? What about just plain swimming? What about airplanes? What about bicycles? What about just hiking and walking? Did you really give that comment any thought?
on August 13,2012 | 03:54PM
BH1 wrote:
Are YOU SERIOUS Denominator?? You DON'T SIGN UP, VOLUNTEER AND SIGN A WAVER to go surfing, diving, swimming, ride a bke, hiking... Did you really give your comment any thought?? I step off a corner and get hit by a guy not looking in a car?? Yeah.. That's negligent homicide. Tht was a public roadway. This was a private course, and voluntary participant in a dangerous activity. If you don't want to drown on vacation, don't rent a kayak. Don't want your kid to get injured or die racing a go-cart... Dont let him go to the racetrack.... I am NOT blaming the victim nor her parents... Cause this was just a tragic accident. But you don't think for a second that the Fonseca parents are asking themselves "why did we let her do that?"
on August 13,2012 | 09:08PM
slc3755 wrote:
So, Alan Dagley "fears that he will have to return home without his son". Mr Dagley, worse case scenario your son can't come home for a year. By contract you fool, the Fonseca's get to take their daughter home in a body bag. The only really true statement that he said is, "we couldn't imagine being on their side.". Yes, with your "Oh well Accidents happen" mentality it is not difficult to see where your son got his selfish, reckless, personality from.
on August 13,2012 | 02:26PM
BRock wrote:
I think so many of you are being way too hard on the kid. It looks like an accident, period. People die in accidents, happens all the time. I think we all believe that the kid is not going to get a year in jail for this even if he is found guilty, which may be in doubt as it appears that the girl slowed down suddenly in front of him. Maybe his attention wandered for a moment while he was looking at his family. As far as a civil suit, maybe the jet ski company has insurance. As a rug cleaner, the kid probably does not have any significant assets so maybe the grieving family should look at the deep pockets of the state. Besides, how are they gonna collect when he is back in Australia?
on August 13,2012 | 05:15PM
sscmz808 wrote:
Bottom line is you get behind the wheel you are responsible for your actions. The operator of the vehicle that hit and KILL the other person is responsible for what he did. He killed the 16yrs old. You can come up with 100 different excuses for why you did something stupid but the bottom line and truth is you have too take responsibility for you actions. Period. Man up. You do the crime, do the time and learn from your mistake's.
on August 13,2012 | 07:49PM
Cubsfan wrote:
Agree 100 percent! Mr. Dagley sounds like a whiner.
on August 13,2012 | 08:25PM
BH1 wrote:
Cubsfan, you sound like a wiener. That's his son. He is the father of a kid who made a tragic and unintentional lapse in judgment which unfortunately took the life of another person. He did not say anything that any other parent would not say. Because he's a carpet cleaner and a laborer makes him and his family "punks?" Wht if he was a college educated, red cross volunteering, kid going into priesthood?? You're comments have been ridiculous. This was an accident.
on August 13,2012 | 09:21PM
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