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Lake Powell Fatality

Lake Powell Fatality
June 21
08:25 2019


OFFICIAL KANE COUNTY/NPS PRESS RELEASE – BULLFROG, UT  On June 14, 2019 at approximately 2:50 p.m., the Glen Canyon Communications Center dispatched National Park Service Rangers from the Halls Crossing and Bullfrog Districts to the report of a vessel accident on Lake Powell with multiple persons injured, in the vicinity of buoy 97. A vessel had run hard aground causing serious bodily injury to one passenger and minor injuries to several others. A total of 8 persons were on board the vessel. Halls Crossing and Bullfrog Rangers responded and arrived on scene to find an 18 year old female occupant of the vessel deceased. All other vessel occupants were transported via NPS vessel to the Bullfrog Medical Clinic for further evaluation. None of the other injuries were life-threatening and all were released.

The deceased, Jayla Hiatt, an 18-year-old female from Spanish Fork, Utah was later transported by NPS Rangers to Bullfrog, Utah for transfer of custody to the Utah State Medical Examiner.

Triston Brady Harrison, 21, was arrested for DUI with serious bodily injury, automobile homicide and failure to maintain proper lookout, according to an affidavit filed in Kanab’s 6th District Court. He has been booked into the Kane County Jail.

The incident is under investigation by the National Park Service, Utah State Parks and the Kane County Sheriff’s Office.


UPDATE – June 18, 2019 – An 18-year-old woman died Friday in a boating accident on Lake Powell, and a Utah man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Jayla Hiatt of Spanish Fork was reportedly thrown from a boat onto the shore near Halls Crossing at the northern end of the lake.  She was identified to the media by friends and family but not by the National Park Service.
Accused of piloting the boat that smashed into a rock is Triston Harrison, 21.
The probable cause statement in the case says that Harrison showed multiple signs of intoxication, including exuding a strong odor of alcohol and glassy, bloodshot eyes.
He faces three felony charges in connection with the incident.
Investigators assert that Harrison was aware of but consciously disregarded the substantial risk he was placing his passengers in, that he failed to keep an adequate distance between his craft and another vessel towing a tube, and also failed to obey navigational buoys.


June 17, 2019 – A boat crash on Lake Powell resulting in the death of a passenger this past Friday just outside Bullfrog Basin. 21-year-old Triston Brady Harrison arrested for suspected driving under the influence, charges of automobile homicide criminal negligence as well as failure to maintain proper lookout on a boat. When the vessel Harrison was navigating struck a rock, it crashed onto the beach and the victim was ejected out of the boat onto the shore causing fatal injury. Several other passengers were reportedly also ejected from the boat at the moment of impact. Police reports indicate that Harrison failed to obey the navigation buoys, operated the boat on the wrong side of the water lanes and did not keep a safe distance from other boats.

Officials reported the smell of alcohol on Harrison at the time of the accident, noting he had glossy bloodshot eyes, after which several field tests revealed the 21-year-old was, in fact, intoxicated. It also was later revealed Harrison had been charged with a prior DUI less than a month before the boating accident. The passenger who perished in that accident has not yet been identified.

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