Lake Belton honors Kaitlyn Oliver with boat procession

Posted at 2:30 PM, Jul 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-02 15:32:40-04

The Lake Belton community held a boat procession to remember the life of a four-year-old girl who died in a tragic boating accident on June 23rd.

About 30 boats lined up near the dam and slowly traveled to Temple Lake Park, where Kaitlyn Oliver died.

Morgans Point Resort's Marine 61 led the procession. 

Pam Tyroch, who lives on the lake saw the commotion at the lake the night Kaitlyn died. She said she has seen a lot of accidents in the 23 years she has lived there, but this one was different.

"This one really hit me hard and I just felt like I wanted to do something to give this little girl some respect," Tyroch said. "So I decided along with other people to get some pink balloons and release them when the procession reached the Temple Lake Park area."

Marine 61 also engaged water cannons before a moment of silence.

Kaitlyn was at the lake with her parents on June 23rd. Just before 7 p.m., she was playing in the water when a houseboat ran over her. She got caught in the propellers, receiving lacerations all over her body. Her father, Patrick, jumped in to try to save her. He, too, became tangled in the propeller and lost both of his legs.

Patrick has had three surgeries since the accident. He is still in the hospital.

Jason Bernal, 43, from Killeen was arrested and charged with criminal negligent homicide in connection with the accident. According to an arrest affidavit, a witness shouted not to back the boat up because there people behind it. 

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