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Fatality on Lake Powell, boat driver charged with DUI
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 a 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 eight 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 Sixth 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.