New charges against boater in death of Temple father, daughter

Jason Bernal (Photo via KWKT)
Jason Bernal (Photo via KWKT)

TEMPLE, Texas (KWKT) — The man accused of operating a boat that killed a young child on Lake Belton is facing a second charge of criminally negligent homicide after the child’s father also died.

Jason Bernal ran over Kaitlyn and Patrick Oliver with his recreational houseboat at Temple Lake Park on June 23.

Officers said when Kaitlyn got tangled up in the boat’s propeller, Patrick jumped in to save her, but instead received injuries resulting in an amputation of his legs.

Patrick Oliver and Kaitlyn Oliver (Photo via KWKT)
Patrick Oliver and Kaitlyn Oliver (Photo via KWKT)

Bernal told police he didn’t see anyone in the water. However, multiple witnesses say they screamed and warned him to stop driving.

Kaitlyn and Patrick were both taken to the hospital, where Kaitlyn died later that night. Patrick later died from his injuries on July 6.

According to Temple Police Department spokesperson Shawana Neely, Bernal will be arrested and booked in jail again.

Bernal was previously out on bond of $150,000. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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