In Hawaii and all other states, it is unlawful to leave the scene of an accident in which one has been involved until such time that authorities have responded to the scene and have informed the person in question that it is okay to leave. Many times, it seems reckless drivers become fearful of criminal repercussions, and rather than stopping to render aid or speaking with official responders to the accident, they flee. This seems to have been the case after a recent tragedy that took the life of one person and injured another.
Fire fighters arrived at the site just after 8:30 p.m. on a Saturday evening. They say that a four-door vehicle had obviously crashed into a group of trees and two utility poles when it careened off the road. Authorities were unsure how many occupants were in the vehicle at the time of the crash.
A young man who was found lying near the car, and who is believed to have been traveling in the front passenger seat, allegedly told authorities that the driver of the car had run away from the scene. The body of a woman was found approximately 10 feet from the crashed vehicle in a nearby area full of brush. The woman was apparently the rear passenger and was ejected from the car upon impact.
Some time after the accident, police took a 22-year-old man into custody, whom they claim may have been driving at the time of the tragic crash. He is now facing several very serious charges, including first-degree negligent injury and first-degree negligent homicide. Reportedly, alcohol and excessive driving speed were leading factors in the accident. Those in Hawaii who have been injured by reckless drivers are able to seek compensation for damages by filing personal injury claims in civil court.
Source: westhawaiitoday.com, “Woman dies in Pahoa accident”, April 12, 2016