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Man indicted in traffic death turns himself in

Posted at 12:11 p.m., Tuesday, February 3,2004

Man indicted in traffic death turns himself in

The 21-year-old man indicted last week by an O’ahu grand jury on a charge of manslaughter in connection with a 2001 fatal traffic collision turned himself in and posted $100,000 bail yesterday.

Nicholas Tudisco was released after being booked on the manslaughter charge by state sheriffs deputies at District Court.

City prosecutors have said Tudisco was racing at more than 100 mph on the H-1 at the time of the Aug. 26, 2001, accident. City Deputy Prosecutor Sharlene Tom told a state judge last week that Tudisco admitted to police investigators at the accident

scene that he was racing another car before his 1999 Honda Prelude struck a 1994 Ford Aerostar van in which Holy Trinity School teacher Elizabeth Kekoa was riding. She was killed.

Tudisco will be arraigned Thursday before Circuit Judge Richard Perkins. His attorney, Michael Green, was unavailable for comment.

Tudisco attends California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, where he is a junior. Larry Lee, the school’s baseball coach, confirmed today that the junior-college transfer, a reserve outfielder, has been suspended indefinitely from playing.

According to prosecutors, Tudisco was driving more than 100 mph when he lost control of his car, struck the center barrier and crashed into the van, which was driven by Kekoa’s husband, Wally.

Tudisco and his parents, Michael and Cynthia Tudisco, are named in a civil suit filed in March 2002 on behalf of Kekoa’s husband by attorney Wayne Kekina. Tudisco’s parents are included in the suit because the car was registered to them, they knew it had been modified to go faster, and they were aware of their son’s convictions for speeding in 1999 and 2000, said Kekina.