OGDEN -- A 2nd District Court jury Tuesday heard Vaughn Anderson's 22-minute 911 call made as he held Esther Fujimoto in his hands, shortly after she was struck by Skyler Shepherd's boat while swimming in Pineview Reservoir.
Shepherd, 22, is charged with reckless endangerment, obstruction of justice and leaving the scene of an accident in the Aug. 21, 2011, fatality.
Anderson, in a small rowboat, is heard on the tape, alternately crying and screaming as he talks to the dispatcher before a Weber County sheriff's boat pulls up to help him.
At one point, he can be heard screaming, "Come on, lady, don't leave me -- please, lady," then a loud, "No."
Several times, Anderson tells the dispatcher, "I saw the boat that done it, but they left her."
Anderson testified he was relaxing in his front yard that night and heard Fujimoto's screams from several hundred yards away. It took him about five minutes to row to her in the Spring Cove area of the reservoir.
On the stand, Anderson and Deputy Weber County Attorney Dean Saunders went over details of the 911 call:
* At 4 minutes 30 seconds, Fujimoto let go of Anderson's boat, which she had been grasping, slipping away, and Anderson had to pull her back up.
* At 6:25, Anderson tells dispatch, "Hurry, she's dying."
* At 7:50, Anderson says she doesn't appear to be breathing; then he says her mouth just moved.
* At 10:10 is the last time Anderson saw her mouth move.
Anderson, after his testimony, declined any close-up photos or interviews with the assembled media, including the Salt Lake City television stations. "I don't need no 15 minutes of fame," he said.
Prosecutors say Shepherd was aboard his boat with Colton Raines and Robert Cole Boyer when the watercraft struck Fujimoto around 8 p.m. Trial for Raines and Boyer is set for February.
The charges stem from what happened after Fujimoto was struck by the boat and Shepherd and his friends left her in the water. Raines was driving when Fujimoto was hit.
Hitting the swimmer didn't fit into the state's criminal code as a crime, prosecutors have said, but leaving her in the water does.
Shepherd was relaxing in the back of the boat, according to the defense, and did not hear the woman scream when she was hit. Shepherd took over the wheel from the shaken Raines, turning the boat back to Fujimoto.
The woman indicated she was all right, but angry, so they left, Shepherd said in his videotaped interview with Weber County Sheriff's Detective Don Kelly.
Kelly was on the stand and the videotape had just started to play when testimony ended at 5 p.m. Tuesday, to resume when the trial reconvenes at 9 a.m. Thursday.
"I read the papers," Shepherd told Kelly in the interview at the sheriff's office. "They say it's a hit-and-run. But that's not it."
Shepherd maintained Fujimoto was OK when they left. "We didn't know if we actually hit her or not" until the next day when the TV news said she had died.