Hilo, HI – Pedestrian Struck at Ululani St and Hualālai St Dies From Her Injuries, Negligent Homicide Charges Sought
May 14, 2022
Hilo, HI (May 13, 2022) – A pedestrian who was injured in a hit-and-run road accident on Wednesday, May 11th has passed away.
Big Island police stated that the pedestrian involved, identified as a 64-year-old woman, died from her injuries the following day. The investigation into the event has since been changed from negligent injury to negligent homicide after officers were informed of the woman’s death by the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu.
An autopsy has been ordered to help ascertain the specific cause of death.
The collision happened at about 7:55 a.m. between Kino’ole Street and Ululani Street. A report from Hawai‘i police shows that the 64-year-old woman was standing outside of her parked vehicle, a 2018 Ford pick-up truck, on Hualālai Street when the driver of a northbound Sport Utility Vehicle struck her.
The woman sustained multiple injuries and was taken to Hilo Medical Center where she was listed in critical condition. She was later airlifted to Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu for additional care.
Through an industrious investigation of vehicles and evidence and statements given by bystanders, police learned that the striking vehicle was a 2013 Ford Explorer registered to a woman in her 40s. The owner was contacted and the Ford was recovered.
HPD has since been able to successfully identify the owner of the Explorer but, between the ongoing investigation and the fact that no charges have been filed, her name has not been released.
A negligent injury investigation has been initiated by the East Hawaii Traffic Enforcement Unit.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.
Wrongful Death Suits in Hawaii
When someone’s negligence, misconduct, action, or inaction leads to someone else’s death, their surviving family members are eligible to file a claim of wrongful death against the person responsible.
Although no amount of money can turn back time to the moments before your family member died, a wrongful death claim with a successful outcome can provide surviving relatives with the justice and compensation they deserve.
Based on the events leading up to the deadly accident, recovery could be available for damages such as:
- Cremation/Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical bills acquired before death
- Lost financial aid and income
- Loss of household support and services
- Loss of companionship and consortium
- Loss of care and guidance
A wrongful death action is a civil claim, meaning it will be handled in a civil court and will be distinct from any related criminal case involving the respondent.
Due to being a civil claim, the focus of a wrongful death action is on adjudicating whether the defendant is accountable for the losses sustained by the deceased and their surviving family. Similar to other civil injury cases, families filing a wrongful death lawsuit will need to show that the respondent is liable for the death through negligence or is otherwise accountable.
At the law firm of Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner, our experienced team is dedicated to providing prudent and personalized legal services to wrongful death victims and their grieving families.
Notes: Our team of writers uses secondary sources such as news reports, and local and state police incident reports to create these posts. We have not independently verified all of the facts surrounding this particular accident so if there is any information that is incorrect, please contact Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner right away so that we can update the post right away to reflect the most accurate information available.
Disclaimer: This post is not a solicitation for business. The photo used in this post was not taken at the actual accident scene. None of the information in this post is intended to be legal advice or medical advice. If you are injured in an accident, seek medical assistance immediately.