There is no shortage of media coverage and law enforcement-backed drunk driving awareness campaigns. It would be difficult to find anyone of driving age who has not been warned about the dangers of drinking and driving. However, each year Honolulu police continue to respond to alcohol-related car accidents.
A recent single-car crash involving a vehicle occupied by two men is believed to be a drunk driving accident. Somewhere around 4:30 a.m., police and emergency medical personnel were called to the scene where a car had reportedly struck a utility pole. When they arrived, they found the passenger of the vehicle had suffered significant injuries. At last report, the passenger was listed as being in critical condition.
The driver suffered injuries for which he, too, was transported to an area hospital for treatment. His condition was last reported as being serious. At this time, the Honolulu Police Department suspects the driver was under the influence and driving without a valid driver’s license. The investigation at the scene lasted until approximately 8 a.m. during which time the intersection of Acacia Road and Kuala Street in Pearl City was closed.
When the 20-year-old driver is released from the hospital, he could face criminal charges in connection with the crash. Moreover, his 22-year-old passenger retains the right to file a personal injury claim against him. As is typical in car accidents involving serious injuries, the passenger is incurring significant medical expenses and may be losing income as well. A successful civil claim could result in an award of monetary damages that could defray those financial losses.
Source: khon2.com, “2 men taken to hospital after crashing into pole in Pearl City”, , July 17, 2014