Aloha man faces BUII, manslaughter charges in boating crash



Jan 7, 2010
Willy Valley, Oregon
From KATU's web site:

WASHINGTON CO., Ore. — An Aloha man is facing manslaughter and BUII charges in connection with a boat crash that killed a teenager at Hagg Lake on Friday.

On Friday just before 5 p.m., Washington County Deputies responded to 911 calls saying a 13-year-old was hit by a boat in the water and was severely hurt.

Deputies said Life Flight was activated and launched, but was later turned back by paramedics on the scene who declared the victim deceased.

Investigators say the teenager and his two younger brothers were playing in the water near the shore.

Deputies said his grandparents and mother were on the shore watching them play.

Witnesses said 21-year-old Hector Miranda-Bernal of Aloha was driving a 2002 Bluewater fiberglass ski-boat near the shore and hit the victim.

Deputies said Miranda-Bernal was driving the boat in a no-wake zone at excess speed.

According to deputies, Miranda-Bernal stopped the boat and helped in rendering aid to the victim.

Deputies investigating the incident suspected that Miranda-Bernal was impaired by intoxicants and driving recklessly when he struck the victim.

He was arrested and eventually booked into the Washington County Jail on the following charges:

  • Manslaughter in the second degree
  • Operating a boat while under the influence of intoxicants (BUII)
  • Recklessly endangering another person


Active member
Jul 23, 2017
Apparently a lot of bad went on there, and sadly, ended in a worst possible result.

I grieve for that teenager and his family. Sad.

Why do some people leave their brains and common sense at home when boating? Unfortunately, alcohol is a far to common component to these tragedies.

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