Honolulu Police Believe Fatal Accident Was Alcohol-Related
Police believe that a 27-year-old man whose vehicle allegedly crashed into a group of pedestrians at a Kakaako intersection was under the influence of alcohol. The driver has been identified as Alins Sumang and he is expected to face multiple charges of negligent homicide and other related charges. Sumang was hospitalized in serious condition following the crash, so no charges have yet been filed.
Three pedestrians were killed in the crash and another five were hospitalized. Two of those killed have been identified as 26-year-old Casimir G. Pokorny and 39-year-old William T. Lau. The third victim is a woman from Japan and has not yet been identified.
According to the police, the crash happened at around 6:20 p.m. on Monday, January 28. A Ford F-150 truck was allegedly speeding and weaving in and out of traffic when the truck jumped from the far left lane into the right one, crossing over a concrete traffic island at the intersection of Ala Moana Boulevard and Kamakee Street. Six pedestrians who were standing on the island were struck by the vehicle.
The truck continued traveling westbound before crashing into another F-150 that was stopped at a red light and waiting to turn right onto Ala Moana Boulevard. The driver of the other truck was hospitalized in critical condition.
Three of the six pedestrians were pronounced dead at the scene and the other three were brought to nearby hospitals in good, serious, and critical condition.
Police say that the Sumang was involved in another accident roughly 10 minutes before this one and had fled from the scene.
Legal Recourse for DUI Accident Victims and Their Families in Hawaii
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney helps the victims of drunk driving accidents find justice through civil lawsuits. Here is some input from Brian on the legal options available to these victims and their families in Hawaii:
In Hawaii and many other states, there are laws which allow people who have been injured by drunk drivers (and the family members of fatal accident victims) to file lawsuits against third parties who provided alcohol to the drunk driver – depending on certain circumstances. These laws are often called “dram shop” laws. While Hawaii does not have specific dram shop laws, the state does allow DUI accident victims to file lawsuits if a state liquor control law was violated.
According to the Hawaii Revised Statutes section 281-78, alcohol vendors in Hawaii may not sell alcohol to anyone who is:
- Under 21 years of age
- Already under the influence of alcohol
- Known to be a “habitual drunkard”
- Planning to consume the alcohol in a vehicle traveling on a public street
If any of these conditions apply in a drunk driving case with injuries, those injured may have grounds for a lawsuit against the alcohol vendor.
Have you or a loved one been injured or killed after being hit by a drunk driver? Our experienced DUI accident victims attorneys want to help you get the justice and financial support you need and deserve. Get in touch with us today to learn more about your legal options.