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 Yamane 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.
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.
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