Man who ran over 10-year-old boy with boat could face 14 years

Man who ran over 10-year-old boy with boat could face 14 years

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Tony Borica, 10. Tony Borica, 10.
David Haytina, 51. David Haytina, 51.
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Tony Borcia's family read victim impact statements on Thursday, describing the horror of seeing a boat run the boy over in the Chain of Lakes last July. The man responsible will be sentenced on Friday.

The emotional hearing is being recorded by cameras in the Lake County courtroom.

Tony's parents and sister sobbed as they talked about the heartbreaking loss of their youngest family member.

David Haytina, 51, admitted he was intoxicated and using drugs when he ran over the 10-year-old on Petite Lake.

Tony had asked his oldest sister, 19-year-old Kaeleigh, if he could have one more turn on the inner tube, Kaeleigh 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.

Kaeleigh detailed the moment Hatyina's boat plowed over her little brother. She saw the life preserver "holding the carcass that used to be my brother Tony," Kaeleigh said through tears.

Her little brother 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," Kaeleigh said in her statement, read to a courtroom packed with more than 50 friends and family members, most of whom wore buttons with Tony's smiling face.

Kaeleigh said she hopes her brother would be remembered as the reason for the eradication of drunken driving.

Borcia's sisters said their brother's death has derailed their lives. Tony's other sister, Erin, 13, spoke about being treated for bouts of rage.

"I just want to be a normal 13-year-old," Erin Borica said. "I shouldn't have to write a victim impact statement about the death of my baby brother. I shouldn't have to relive July 28 over and over in my brain."

Erin and Tony's father Jim spoke about having to relive the memories from July 28 over and over in nightmares and flashbacks.

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

"Society needs to know what happened to Tony is inexcusable. My hope is that this court's sentence ... will save other Tonys of the world."

Borcia's father said his son was his best friend. The family said their pain was made worse by Haytina's callous attitude.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources officer Christ Winters testified that Hatyina operated a 29-foot baha 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 Hatyina to swerve sharply to the right.

The Bartlett man faces up to 14 years in prison. He pleaded guilty in the case. Hatyina remains free on bail.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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