An event was held on April 24 at Zablan Beach and Farrington Highway in
Nanakuli to promote a challenge for the community during May. The goal
is to have no DUI arrests and DUI crashes on the Leeward coast. Hundreds
attended the event, listening to speeches, waving signs and showing their
support for the stop of drunk driving in the area. Many police officers
joined in sign waving along Farrington Highway.
Our own Attorney John Yamone was asked to speak at the event. Friends and
family who lost loved ones from hit-and-runs attended. Eddie and Paula
Werner, who lost their 19-year-old-son Kaulana Werner in a pedestrian
crash on April 24, 2016, were there. The Nanakuli football team, who Kaulana
played for, gave a pule to honor Kaulana near the site of where he was killed.
According to police, Myisha-Lee Armitage, 22, was driving east on Farrington
at a high speed when her vehicle struck Werner, who was crossing the road
outside of a marked crosswalk. Kaulana was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said that speed and alcohol were factors in the crash. Family members
claim Kaulana's body was dragged for about a block, and they found
him directly across from the family home.
As a result of the accident, the Hawaii Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk
Driving are pushing support of Senate Bill 2582, relating to Extended
Terms of Imprisonment. The bill adds a new section to the “Criteria
for extended terms of imprisonment” (706-662) to allow the court
to extend the sentence of a person convicted of negligent homicide in
the first degree (impairment by alcohol and/or drugs) who leaves the scene
of the collision without attempting to render aid to the victim(s).
We urge our community to think before they drink and drive and to consider
alternate methods to getting back home, such as public transport or any
number of ridesharing services.
Our Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help
A car accident can result in serious injuries including paralysis, burns,
lacerations, internal bleeding, traumatic brain injuries, and catastrophic
injuries. If you or a loved one was involved in a crash, contact our
Hawaii personal injury lawyers at Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner today. We can investigate the accident
to gather evidence and pursue justice from those responsible.
Call (808) 518-2120 for personal legal attention. We offer free case evaluations
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