Cyclist Dies in Collision with Vehicle, Driver Arrested on DUI and Negligent Homicide Charges
A cyclist was killed in a collision with a suspected drunk driver on Kaumana Drive in Hilo on Wednesday night, November 6. That cyclist has been identified as 40-year-old Wayne W. Geil of Hilo.
Police responded to reports of a collision at around 9:04 p.m. on Wednesday night. According to the authorities, 60-year-old Nicanor R. Quebral was driving a 2008 Dodge pickup truck mauka on Kaumana Drive within the two-way center median turn lane, just south of Wiliwili Street, when he crashed into a bicyclist traveling makai on Kaumana. Police said the bike was also within the two-way center median turn lane.
Geil was wearing dark clothing when the collision occurred. He was rushed to Hilo Medical Center and was pronounced dead there at 10:28 p.m.
Quebral was not injured in the crash. He was arrested on suspicion of DUI and first-degree negligent homicide.
Quebral had a previous DUI conviction. In September of 2015, he pleaded no contest to DUI for a crash that occurred in October of 2014.
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Legal Recourse For Drunk Driving Crash Victims and Their Families in Hawaii
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Drunk driving crashes have devastating consequences for those involved and the families of the victims. These victims and families deserve justice and often require financial compensation for various personal and financial setbacks suffered as a result of the crash.
In Hawaii and many other states, there are potentially two parties that can be held liable for a drunk driving crash – the driver who caused the crash, and an alcohol vendor who served that driver before the crash.
Personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits can be filed against the drunk driver, while a dram shop lawsuit can be filed against an alcohol vendor in certain situations.
In Hawaii, alcohol vendors can be sued for drunk driving injuries and deaths caused by their customers if the vendor violated state liquor control laws. Specifically, these vendors are prohibited by law from selling alcohol to any person who is:
- under 21 years old,
- under the influence of alcohol
- known to be a “habitual drunkard,” or
- who will consume the alcohol in a vehicle traveling on a public road.
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The Intersection Kaumana Drive & South Wiliwili Street in Hilo, HI
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