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Kula, HI – Man Charged With Negligent Homicide After Fatal Motorcycle Crash on Kula Hwy

October 2, 2022

Kula, HI (October 02, 2022) – The Maui Police Department has confirmed that alcohol was a factor in a collision that left a 63-year-old motorcyclist dead on Friday, September 30th in Kula. 

76-year-old John Cho, a resident of Wailuku, has been arrested and charged with first-degree negligent homicide in connection to the incident. 

An investigation determined that, at about 8:30 p.m., when a 2020 Nissan Frontier pickup truck heading northbound on Kula Highway attempted to make a lefthand turn onto Lower Kula Road and collided head-first with a 2015 Yamaha motorcycle riding southbound on Kula Highway.

According to MPD, the truck driver failed to stop or render aid and fled the scene on Lower Kula Road.

The rider was taken by ambulance to the Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition, where he eventually passed away.   

MPD located the pickup truck at a residence in Wailuku and apprehended the driver. 

This is Maui County’s 16th fatal traffic crash of the year, compared to 12 at this time in 2021. 

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.

Motorcycle Collisions in Hawaii

Kula, HI - Man Charged With Negligent Homicide After Fatal Motorcycle Crash on Kula Hwy

Accidents involving motorcycles are extremely serious and oftentimes fatal. According to data released by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration in 2017, roughly 25 motorcyclists are killed each year in Hawaii crashes, and hundreds more are left badly injured. Although there is no one common kind of motorcycle accident, the one feature they all share is that the crashes are almost always violent and the injuries catastrophic. More than 80% of motorcycle accidents nationwide result in injury or death to the rider.

If you or a member of your family was injured or killed in a motorcycle crash caused by someone else’s negligence, you could be eligible for compensation for your hospital bills, lost earnings, pain, suffering, and other damages. You need assertive legal representation and a lawyer who can help you exercise your rights.

Even when motorcycle riders obey all safety protocols laid out by the state, like wearing an approved helmet and appropriate protective gear, they have little to no defense when compared to the driver of the vehicle that hit them. For this reason, motorcyclists are far more vulnerable to being seriously injured or killed during a collision with another vehicle. In addition to the danger of being hit by another driver, riders also have to contend with everyday road hazards such as slick roadways, cracks, and potholes.

When you retain the services of a Hawaii motorcycle accident lawyer from Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner, you can let go of your concerns and let us handle the onslaught of legal work, communication with insurers, and other logistical problems. Contact our Hawaii law offices as soon as possible by calling (808) 537-2525 to schedule a no-obligation review of your potential injury claim to find out what legal avenues are open to you.   

Even if the driver liable for the accident offers you what sounds like a liberal settlement, you should never accept it without having an experienced lawyer review the facts of your case. Our Honolulu motorcycle accident lawyers can effectively calculate whether or not the settlement amount is really as generous as it seems and lean on them for more if it isn’t. If the negligent driver still refuses to pay you what you deserve, we will take your case to trial.

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. 

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