Man Charged In Boating Accident That Killed 4-Year-Old

TX: 4-Year-Old Girl Dies in Boat Crash

According to police, the 4-year-old girl was playing in the water when a houseboat backed up and ran over her.

Officials say the accident happened around 7 p.m. Friday at Temple Lake Park in Belton.

The man piloting the houseboat, whom police identified as 44-year-old Jason Bernal of Killeen, was arrested and is being held in the Bell County Jail. He has had his bail set by a judge at $150,000.

Bernal claimed that he yelled "clear" before he put the boat in reverse, but no one answered him.

Shawana Neely, a spokesperson for the Temple Police Department, said that Katlyn Oliver was transported to Baylor Scott and White Hospital, located near Temple, Texas. Her father is still listed in serious condition.

The girl sustained multiple lacerations all over her body.

Authorities say the body of a 19-year-old man who went missing while fishing along the Southeast Texas Gulf Coast has been found.

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A witness said that she shouted at Bernal that people were behind the boat when it started to back up.

Court papers say she drowned after the propeller struck her.

Crews from Morgan's Point Resort Dive Team and Police Department, Temple Fire Department, the Core of Engineer, and Texas Parks and Wildlife assisted.

Temple police continue to investigate the case.

Bernal was arrested Friday night and charged Sunday with criminally negligent homicide, a state jail felony.

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A funeral home in Belton said it will be covering the expenses of Katlyn's funeral.

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