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Driver who killed pedestrian in Kalihi sentenced to probation

By Nelson Daranciang

LAST UPDATED: 3:35 p.m. HST, Aug 15, 2011

A driver who struck and fatally injured a pedestrian in Kalihi last year was sentenced in state court this morning to one year of probation for third-degree negligent homicide.

Wayne Kaya, 56, must also serve one weekend in jail, is prohibited from driving for a year and was ordered to pay $11,459 restitution to the victim’s family and $567 to the state Department of Human Services.

Kaya was driving a pickup truck on Kalihi Street July 6, 2010, when his vehicle hit Leemar Dacanay near the Eluwene Street intersection.

Police said Dacanay, 30, was in a crosswalk and that Kaya was speeding.

Dacanay was taken to Queen’s Medical Center in critical condition. He died the following day.

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