HONOLULU (KHON2) — The 29-year-old woman who struck two women with her vehicle last weekend was indicted by an Oahu grand jury on Wednesday.
She has also been charged with one count of second-degree attempted murder.
Tomanu Tauala is accused of “attempting” to kill 19-year-old Nehlia-Ann Scanlan following an argument in a Ke‘eaumoku Street parking lot after midnight on August 7. Scanlan later died from her injuries.
The Department of the Prosecuting Attorney said Tauala may be re-charged with second-degree murder once the medical examiner completes the investigation and confirms that Scanlan died as a result of the injuries sustained in the incident.
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Emergency Medical Services reported that a 31-year-old woman was also trapped under the SUV. She was last reported to be in serious condition.
If convicted, Tauala faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole. She remains in custody on $300,000 bail.