Date: August 24 2012
A young Australian tourist facing a homicide charge over a jet-ski crash in Hawaii that killed an American teenager says he wishes he had died instead.
Tyson Dagley said he was "just a 20-year-old on a jet-ski having fun" when he collided with a jet-ski ridden by 16-year-old Californian girl Kristen Fonseca on August 5.
She died the next day from a head injury.
Dagley, from Logan, south of Brisbane, said he wished he could go back in time and change what happened.
"I'd give anything for her to be back," he told the Seven Network's Today Tonight.
"In the end, I'd rather it be me than her."
Dagley has been charged with third-degree negligent homicide and spent two weeks in jail while his family raised $US100,000 ($96,100) in bail.
He is due to appear in court today, where he could be sentenced to up to a year in jail.
In his first interview, Dagley said it was hard to comprehend that he'd taken someone's life.
"Words can't explain it. You can never give the family back what you have just taken away by accident," he said.
But he said he never intended to hurt anyone.
"I understand that the law is the law, but to me it was an accident," he said.
"I didn't intentionally do it and I hope everyone else feels the same way."
Recalling the crash, Dagley said he remembered seeing a girl in front of him and his girlfriend, Natasha Ryan, yelling at him to watch out.
The next thing he remembers is being taken away in an ambulance.
Ryan, 21, has been charged with hindering a prosecution, for allegedly deleting videos of the incident from the memory stick of a video camera.
She has been freed on $US500 bail.
Dagley's mother, Ann, said Ryan did a "silly thing" while trying to deal with what was going on.
Mrs Dagley said she felt for Ms Fonseca's family, but her son would have to live with what he had done for the rest of his life.
Ms Fonseca's stepfather, Mario Canton, is a high-ranking official with the US Department of Homeland Security and has filed a civil lawsuit against Dagley and the Hawaiian jet-ski company that rented the watercraft.
He said Dagley must answer for what he did.
"He was being negligent and he knows that," he said.
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