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Driver charged in 2010 negligent homicide case

By Michael Tsai

LAST UPDATED: 9:28 a.m. HST, Oct 4, 2012

The driver of a fatal one-car crash in Pupukea two years ago was charged with felony negligent homicide and other offenses Saturday.

Brittany Poole, 24, was indicted by an Oahu grand jury in August 2011.

Poole’s bail was set at $20,000 for the negligent homicide charge, $1,500 each for two contempt charges, and $100 for an additional contempt charge. She was also charged with driving without a license.

Pool was driving around the island with four passengers on Nov. 21, 2010, when, prosecutors allege, she started arguing with the front-seat passenger over her speeding. Police said Poole lost control of the car, which then crossed the center line on Kamehameha Highway, hit a rock wall, a parked vehicle and two fences, went airborne and flipped over before slamming into a carport.

Back-seat passenger Unique Murry, 21, was ejected from the car and later died from his injuries.

At last year’s grand jury hearing, Deputy Prosecutor Kelli Lee said Poole was speeding, drinking beer and smoking marijuana at the time of the accident.

Poole’s blood alcohol content was 0.09, over the legal limit of 0.08, and her car was traveling at 70 mph in a 25 mph zone, Lee said.

Poole had several previous convictions for driving-related offenses, including a 2009 DUI conviction, four speeding convictions in 2009 and 2010, and two other convictions in 2010 for driving without a licence and driving with an instructional permit unaccompanied by a licensed driver. She also had another driving without a license charge pending at the time of the crash.

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