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Woman pleads not guilty in fatal 2010 car crash

By Gregg K. Kakesako


The 24-year-old woman, who evaded police and deputy sheriffs for more than a year, entered a plea of not guilty in Circuit Court this morning for allegedly causing the death of a passenger in her car in 2010.

Circuit Judge Richard Perkin set the week of Dec. 3 for the trial of Brittany Poole before Circuit Judge Karen Ahn.

Poole's bail was set at $20,000 for the negligent homicide charge. She also is charged with driving without a license.

She was arraigned by closed-circuit television from Oahu Community Correctional Center.

Poole was initially indicted by an Oahu Grand jury in August 2011, charging her with first-degree negligent homicide and driving without a license. However, she was only arrested and charged on Saturday because police weren’t able to find her.

City prosecutors said Poole was drinking beer and smoking marijuana while driving around the island with four passengers on Nov. 21, 2010 when she started arguing with her 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.

A back-seat passenger, Unique Murry, 21, was ejected from the car. He died at Wahiawa General Hospital.

Poole's blood alcohol content was 0.09, over the legal limit of 0.08, and her car was traveling 69 to 70 mph in a 25 mph zone, police 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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Sunny wrote:
A real sweetheart!
on October 4,2012 | 10:04AM
pakeheat wrote:
She thinks she is a professional race car driver, LOL.
on October 4,2012 | 10:17AM
ejkorvette wrote:
Hey People! There is nothing to laugh about this case. Let's see where the Court system goes with this case!
on October 4,2012 | 10:20AM
keawe wrote:
What does it take... to keep a person that has complete disregard for others to stay off the road? Do more people need to die? Will her excuses justify her or anyone like her to continue to drive only because they could care less. Why can't we confiscate her vehicle and penalize ANYONE that let's her use a car. There have been countless accidents caused by those that have no license or Automobile Insurance to drive and nothing is being done to keep them off the road. What does it take?
on October 4,2012 | 10:21AM
AhiPoke wrote:
I wish I could say I'm stunned that, with all of her prior convictions, she wasn't already serving time in prison but I'm not. Our judges have a history of letting people like her go free. Good grief.
on October 4,2012 | 10:28AM
Pocho wrote:
She should have been jailed long ago with her other prior convictions.
on October 4,2012 | 11:00AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
And she gets Judge Karen Ahn to preside over her case so she should be getting another slap on the wrist.
on October 4,2012 | 11:31AM
bumby2day wrote:
Entered a plea of not guilty. WHAT A JOKE!!!!
on October 4,2012 | 10:28AM
cojef wrote:
Should have plea bargained, instead pleading not guilty. Can receive lesser sentence, what a loser. On the other side of the coin, it doesn't speak well for justice in Hawaii. With 4 DUI convictions and still walking the streets.
on October 4,2012 | 12:21PM
Under the circumstances and from what I had read, would you believe me if I told you it wasn't her fault. Yep, it's the fault of the LAW, the police, the attorney's. Who do you think let her go, so that she could continue her driving spree? Now you guys and gals catch on. With all of her convictions, she should have been put in jail.
on October 4,2012 | 11:12AM
WKAMA wrote:
Did the owner of the car knowingly lend the car to the woman without a license? If so, the owner should be cited and the car impounded. Enough of allowing drunks, drivers without license, and heavy pot smokers on the road. Take away their ability to easily get hold of a car from friends and relatives.
on October 4,2012 | 11:26AM
allie wrote:
on October 4,2012 | 11:37AM
Aquarius1 wrote:
Not guilty!? I wonder what the legal angle is for than not guilty plea.
on October 4,2012 | 12:26PM
kawikakoike96819 wrote:
But she is such AGOOT girl.
on October 4,2012 | 12:44PM
Keith_Rollman wrote:
Runs for over a year, then pleads "not guilty.' Throw the book at her.
on October 4,2012 | 01:05PM
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