Wailuku, HI – Male Pedestrian Fatally Struck by Vehicle on Honoapiʻilani Hwy
April 19, 2022
Wailuku, HI (April 19, 2022) – A pedestrian died after he was struck by a vehicle on Honoapiʻilani Highway in Wailuku on Thursday, April 14th. Police said their investigation showed that alcohol was a contributing factor in the fatal accident.
The crash took place at about 8:30 p.m. just south of Kuikahi Drive.
Maui police have since identified the victim as a 46-year-old resident of Wailuku.
Reports show that the victim was on the paved righthand shoulder of the northbound lane when a 2016 Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck crossed over the solid white fog line and hit him, killing him on impact.
The driver of the Toyota, a 57-year-old man from Waiʻanae, was unharmed during the incident. He was arrested on suspicion of operating a vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant, and first-degree negligent homicide.
He remains in police custody at this time.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.
Drivers Under the Influence in Hawaii
Drunk driving is a persistent problem throughout the Hawaiian islands. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that, nationwide, almost 2% of drivers admitted to getting behind the wheel after having too much to drink. In Hawaii, however, that number is nearly 3%.
In Hawaii, over the past decade, close to 500 people were killed in accidents involving drivers under the influence. The injuries caused by drunk driving crashes number in the thousands.
Additionally, visitors to the state seem to labor under the delusion that arrests for impaired driving are rare. The Hawaii Department of Transportation’s most recent annual report included statistics taken from a poll of driver attitudes within the state. It showed that 27% of the people surveyed felt the odds of being arrested for drunk driving were in their favor.
Maui Personal Injury Lawyers
When it comes to car accidents, Hawaii is a no-fault state. This means that drivers will have to file a claim with their own insurer regardless of liability. This law is, however, waived if a victim has sustained serious or permanent injuries. A drunk driving attorney in Hawaii can guide you through this process.
If a victim is seriously injured in a drunk driving accident, they are entitled to file a suit for damages directly against the at-fault driver. By going outside of Hawaii’s no-fault system, they are able to pursue compensation for the full value of their medical expenses, lost income, property damage, and noneconomic losses as well, like compensation for pain, suffering, and emotional anguish.
At the law firm of Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner, our sympathetic team is dedicated to providing personalized and prudent legal services to accident victims.
When you contact our Hawaii DUI accident lawyers at (808) 537-2525, you can feel confident that we will immediately begin working on your case. We understand how important it is that you receive the compensation award you deserve as soon as possible.
Notes: Our team of writers uses secondary sources such as news reports, and local and state police incident reports to create these posts. We have not independently verified all of the facts surrounding this particular accident so if there is any information that is incorrect, please contact Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner right away so that we can update the post right away to reflect the most accurate information available.
Disclaimer: This post is not a solicitation for business. The photo used in this post was not taken at the actual accident scene. None of the information in this post is intended to be legal advice or medical advice. If you are injured in an accident, seek medical assistance immediately.