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Storm delays court hearing in boat death

Updated: January 22, 2013 6:19AM

Concerns about Thursday’s impending snowstorm delayed the pretrial hearing for a Bartlett man accused in a fatal boating accident.

The case of David Hatyina, 50, of Bartlett was rescheduled to Jan. 22.

A pretrial hearing in Lake County Circuit Court was originally scheduled for Thursday, but attorneys and Kane County Judge Clint Hull arranged not to meet in court due to the weather, prosecutor Fred Day said.

Hatyina is charged with reckless homicide and aggravated DUI for the July 28 incident in which Tony Borcia, 10, of Libertyville was run over by a boat operated by Hatyina on Petite Lake in the Lake Villa area.

Authorities said Hatyina was under the influence of cocaine and alcohol when the boy was run over. Officials said the youngster was wearing a red flotation device and waving his arms when he was struck.

Tony was tubing on the lake with his three siblings and father that day. One of his siblings was just yards away from him when he was run over with the boat, according to a wrongful death lawsuit filed last week against Hatyina and a passenger in the craft, Renee Melbourn.

The lawsuit seeks damages in excess of $50,000.

Hatyina is out on $1 million bond. He is under a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew and is not allowed to operate a boat.

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