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Wednesday
Oct242012

Jet Skier Who Exposed JFK Airport's Security Flaw Tried to Get Caught

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The man who unwittingly breached John F. Kennedy Airport's state-of-the art security system after his jet ski failed in New York's Jamaica Bay was trying to get caught as a way to be rescued.

"I didn't mean to do this, but I exposed something really important, and that's a flaw in security," Daniel Casillo told ABC News Tuesday.

Casillo, 31, swam up and entered the airport grounds on Aug. 10 after his jet ski broke down outside the airport in Jamaica Bay.  Casillo bypassed the airport's multimillion-dollar security system with little effort.  He was arrested by stunned security officials at America's sixth-largest airport.

Casillo's night started aboard his newly repaired, bright-yellow personal watercraft in Jamaica Bay.  It broke down just outside of the airport's approach.

"I looked around.  No lights, no boats, nothing.  No noise.  Just pitch black," Casillo said.

With no idea what to do, Casillo spotted the lighted control tower in the distance.  He left the water scooter and embarked on a three-mile swim to reach land.  Still wearing his life jacket, Casillo then hiked through a muddy marsh when he reached a chain-link, barbed-wire fence.

"I just made the decision I'm going to have to get found.  I'm going to take it upon myself to get over this fence to get seen.  Something has to happen," Casillo said.

Cold and disoriented, Casillo climbed the 8-foot fence, but nothing happened.  Despite climbing the fence and violating the law, Casillo remained undetected and headed toward the control tower.

"That was the only thing lit up that I could go to," Casillo said.

Casillo walked across two runways past security, cameras and motion detectors that the airport recently paid millions of dollars to install.

"I figured I was going to be on cameras," he said.  "That somebody is going to pick me up and maybe a helicopter is going to come or a police car."

Still unnoticed and wearing his life jacket, Casillo entered Delta's Terminal 3 dripping wet when he finally walked up to a cargo worker.

Casillo was arrested and charged with felony trespass for his misadventure.  He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor.

New York Port Authority officials told ABC News at the time of the security breach that they "took immediate action to increase its police presence with round-the-clock patrols of the facility's perimeter and increased patrols by boat of the surrounding waterway."

"We have called for an expedited review of the incident and a complete investigation to determine how Raytheon's perimeter intrusion detection system-which exceeds federal requirements-could be improved.  Our goal is to keep the region's airports safe and secure at all times," the Port Authority said in a statement.

Casillo says he could've walked on to any airplane of his choosing at any time during that night.

"The whole intention the whole time was to make myself seen," he said.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Sep052012

Jet Skier Who Killed 16-Year-Old in Hawaii Crash to Be Released

Comstock/Thinkstock(HONOLULU) -- A 20-year-old man who crashed his jet ski into a 16-year-old girl and killed her is set to be released from jail in Hawaii Wednesday.

Tyler Dagley, an Australian citizen who was vacationing in Hawaii when he crashed his jet ski into Kristen Fonseca on Aug. 5, was sentenced Wednesday to time served, according to ABC News affiliate KITV. He was also ordered to pay a restitution fee of $78,000.

According to police, Dagley was speeding on his rented jet ski and posing for pictures for his girlfriend at Keehi Lagoon when he slammed into Fonseca, 16, of Vacaville, Calif. She died the next day.

Dagley pleaded no contest to negligent homicide charges in August and was held in Oahu county jail.

Fonseca's family appeared at the sentencing hearing in Honolulu Wednesday, where her mother, Evangelina Canton, read a poem that her daughter had written. According to the report, the poem focused on whether Fonseca would grow up to have children and become a doctor.

Dagley appeared to be crying in court during the reading of the poem, according to KITV.

Mario Canton, Fonseca's stepfather, also addressed the court.

"Our family's life is turned upside-down. We are unable to function at home. We go to sleep crying, wake up crying," he said.

Her mother told the court, "I cry in the morning, I cry before I go to sleep, I cry randomly during the day looking for justice."

"I mean I'm not trying to make this guy suffer, but I need for him to understand that there's a consequence to every decision we make. That's the kind of daughter my daughter was, a very forgiving child, and so I know that it's what she would want me to do," Mrs. Canton said.

Dagley is now set to be released, KITV reported.

Monique Sanchez told ABC News that she witnessed the crash that killed her sister.

"He was just speeding really fast and then just came up and just slammed right into her," Sanchez told ABC News after the crash.

Kristen's mother and stepfather were also present when the accident happened.

As part of the investigation, police examined a digital camera belonging to Fonseca's girlfriend, Natasha Ryan, to look for scenes of the crash. Ryan said she was driving straight ahead on her jet ski and did not see the accident, but police investigators recovered deleted videos on her camera that showed Dagley standing and someone yelling, "Watch out."

Ryan was arrested and charged with obstructing justice. She is due in court on Friday.

Fonseca's parents have filed suit against Dagley and the jet ski rental company, Aloha Jet Ski Tours, seeking money for damages.

Dagley's father, Alan, told ABC News he feels for Kristen's family, but added that what happened was a tragic accident.

"He's a great kid, doesn't do anything wrong," Dagley's father said in August, speaking of his son.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Aug162012

Parents Sue After Daughter Dies in Hawaii Jet Ski Crash

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(HONOLULU) -- The parents of a California teenager who died on vacation in Hawaii when her jet ski was struck by another being operated by an Australian tourist are suing that tourist.

Kristen Fonseca, 16, was jet skiing on Aug. 5 at Keehi Lagoon in Honolulu when her watercraft was hit.  The rider of the jet ski that hit Fonseca was Tyler Dagley of Australia.

The girl died the following day of her injuries, and Dagley, 20, was charged with third-degree criminal homicide -- a misdemeanor.

“He was just speeding really fast and then just came up and just slammed right into her,” Fonseca’s sister Monique Sanchez told ABC News.

Sanchez, along with Fonseca’s mother and stepfather Mario Canton, were present when the accident happened.

“I then saw her head lunge forward, and hit the steering wheel, Kristen then, fell forward, fell back and then fell into the water,” Canton said.

Investigators have said Dagley was driving recklessly, was standing up and not paying attention to where he was going, and that he was showing off for his girlfriend.

That girlfriend, Natasha Ryan, 21, has also been charged by police, but she is not named in the lawsuit.  Authorities say she videotaped the entire incident and then deleted it in an attempt to cover it up.

In a court appearance, Dagley sobbed.

“I prayed every day to the family, and prayed that everything was going to be okay,” he said.

The Cantons’ lawsuit alleges that Dagley was reckless and negligent when he was operating the jet ski.  The suit also names Aloha Jet Ski Rentals, the company that rented the watercraft to Fonseca and Dagley, as a co-defendant.

The court papers allege that an Aloha Jet Ski Rentals employee failed to properly instruct Dagley in the correct use of the jet ski, and that the employee did nothing to prevent Dagley’s reckless behavior.

The lawsuit mentions that the family suffered emotional pain and suffering, and had incurred significant medical costs for Fonseca’s care.  The suit seeks unspecified damages and attorney’s fees.

Dagley is due back in court on Aug. 23.

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Sunday
Oct242010

Pirate Attack Widow Seeks Border Security

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(LASALLE, Colo.) -- Tiffany Hartley, whose husband was shot while the two were fleeing from Mexican pirates on jet skis earlier this month has opened up again about the experience and has called for President Obama to pay further attention to border security.

Speaking outside of her home in LaSalle, Colo., Hartley revealed that she spent 16 hours speaking with Mexican officials, who, in a rare move, came across the border to meet with her.

Hartley plans to remain in Colorado for the time being to relax at her family's 20-acre ranch, but wants to use the media to help keep the case in the spotlight.

Mexican authorities have said they will press their search for David Hartley's body after the lead investigator, Rolando Flores, was decapitated on October 12.

Hartley was shot September 30 while on the Mexican side of Falcon Lake. Tiffany Hartley said the two were headed back to the American side of the lake on jet skis when they were chased by Mexican pirates. She told authorities that her husband was shot in the head and that she had to flee to shore to save her own life.

Two weeks ago, Mexican authorities named two suspects in Hartley's murder -- two Zeta drug cartel members.

The case highlights the ongoing turf war between Mexican drug cartels and the country's government, which has been waging a war against the growing drug violence. More than 29,000 people have died in drug violence since December 2006, with the Zeta cartel being blamed for the majority of the deaths.

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Sunday
Oct102010

Mexican Police: We Know Who Killed American Jet Skier

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(REYNOSA, Mexico) -- Police are looking for two suspected members of the Zeta drug cartel believed to be directly involved in the shooting death of an American man killed while jet skiing with his wife on a Texas-Mexico border lake.

Mexican authorities have identified the men as Juan Pedro Saldivar Farias, and his brother, Jose Manuel. The two are suspects in a string of murders, kidnappings, armed robberies and fires, according to officials.

David Hartley was shot in the back of the head, according to his wife, as the couple fled the Mexican side of the lake to U.S. waters on Sept. 30.

Tiffany Hartley says her husband fell off his watercraft after he was shot. She told investigators that she attempted to circle back, but that the gunmen were still firing, forcing her to abandon the rescue.

David Hartley’s body has not been recovered.

His mother made a public plea to U.S. and Mexican authorities last week, appearing on ABC News’ “Good Morning America.”

"[David] needs to come home and we're begging the Mexican government, the governor of Texas, President Obama," said Pam Hartley, who also appealed to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "To Hillary -- mother to mother -- help me bring my son home, please," she said, crying.

Falcon Lake, part of the Rio Grande situated directly on the Texas-Mexico border, has become a haven for pirates, and there have been at least five reported run-ins on the lake so far this year, though this is the first instance of a death.

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