Hawaii Judge Agrees to Enhanced Release Requirements in Drunk Driving Cases
Two fatal drunk driving cases just shy of a week apart in June 2019 resulted in manslaughter charges for two Hawaii residents. The most recent fatal DUI case occurred on June 21, 2019, according to the Maui News. 44-year-old Kalani Au Hoon entered a plea of not guilty in the case. Law enforcement alleged that Hoon was operating a vehicle under the influence when he collided with another vehicle. The occupants of the other vehicle, a mother and son were killed as a result of the crash. In addition to manslaughter charges, Hoon is charged with “operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant, reckless driving of a vehicle and inattention to driving.” Bail was set at $203,000. Hoon returns to court later this month for a pre-trial conference as reported by the Maui News.
The other crash occurred on June 16, 2019, when 24-year-old Kailey Amber Duarte was allegedly involved in a collision that killed a Texas tourist. The news outlet states that Duarte faces manslaughter charges as well as “three counts of negligent injury in the first degree and negligent injury in the second degree.” Bail was set at $234,000. Duarte will return to court at the end of the month for a pre-trial conference.
The same judge heard both cases and agreed to the prosecutor’s request that the defendants be required to wear SCRAM continuous alcohol monitoring bracelets if released. Additional conditions of release would include the mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device on any vehicle they operate and not to consume any drugs or alcohol.
Read the full story in The Maui News “Drivers in fatal crashes plead not guilty.”