Manslaughter charges for suspect in deadly Kakaako crash

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A suspect is in the hospital this morning after a multiple pedestrian crash at Ala Moana Boulevard and Kamakee Street that happened shortly after 6 pm on Monday evening.

HPD identified the driver as 27-year-old Alins Sumang.    Two of the pedestrians killed were 39-year-old William Lau, of Honolulu, and 26-year-old Casimir Pokorny, of Oreland, Pa.   The third fatality has yet to be identified.

The Honolulu Police Department is preparing three manslaughter charges to send to the Prosecutor’s Office, stating that they believe speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.

Police tell us that the suspect was driving a Ford F150 that hit parked cars along Makaloa Street.

The suspect fled the scene which prompted onlookers to flag down police officers that were in the area, those officers then chased after the suspect.

Sumang veered across two lanes and tried to make a quick turn at Kamakee Street.

He crashed into six pedestrians who were waiting to cross the street from a concrete traffic island.

He also crashed into a pole, which Hawaiian Electric Company responded to.

Three pedestrians were pronounced dead at the scene.

Three more pedestrians were transported to the hospital–two were in critical condition and one was in serious condition.

The driver of the vehicle that Sumang crashed into was also transported to the hospital.

Sumang was also injured, he is at the hospital in serious condition and has not offered a statement to the police.

Police officials believe this to be the deadliest pedestrian accident in many years. It is a tragedy that is “totally senseless,” said Chief Susan Ballard.

In response to the crash, HPD will begin stepping up DUI checkpoints. 

Sumang faces 20 years in prison for the three manslaughter charges which is classified as an A felony.

This story will be updated as details become available.

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