HONOLULU (KHON2) — The man accused in a high-speed crash two years ago that killed three people is expected to be sentenced to 30 years in prison. Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, was marked as one of Oahu’s deadliest traffic crashes.
Officials say Alins Sumang veered off the road and plowed into a group of people waiting at a traffic light in Kakaako.
Dr. Travis Lau, Casimir Pokorny, and Reino Ikeda were killed and six others were hurt. Sumang also struck another pickup truck, seriously injuring the driver. Many more lives have been changed forever.
“It should heighten the awareness for everybody, even more so about the dangers of driving intoxicated, driving impaired. Because it just goes to show that you know, there’s never going to be any closure,” said Melissa Lau, Dr. Travis Lau’s widow.
Sumang pled guilty to three counts of manslaughter and four counts of second-degree assault as part of a plea agreement with the Prosecutor’s Office.
“Due to the egregious nature of Sumang’s crimes that took the lives of three innocent people and injured four more, we did not believe that a 20-year sentence for manslaughter was sufficient. For that reason, we insisted that Sumang’s prison terms run consecutively. While we cannot replace the lives of the victims, we can at the very least assure that the public is protected from this dangerous man. This 30-year sentence provides that assurance”Steve Alm, Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney
There is also an additional 5 years for violating probation, bumping the total up to 30 years. Alm explains the only way to guarantee Sumang got that prison time was to enter into a plea agreement.
“You never know what will happen in a trial, the defendant also had the option to just plead guilty to all the charges. And then it would be up to the judge to decide what the sentence would be,” Alm said.
Lau feels there’s no justice for the victims and believes the sentence is weak.
“We understand as to why this was most likely a better choice versus going to trial and just taking a chance, right? Taking that risk and seeing where it goes, right? But at the same time to, like for us, that’s never going to make us feel any better,” she said.
Sumang’s attorney tells KHON2 his client took full responsibility and is very remorseful for his actions. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Thursday, June 17.