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Wrong-way freeway driver pleads not guilty to negligent homicide

By Nelson Daranciang

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LAST UPDATED: 12:11 p.m. HST, Sep 03, 2013

<br /><br />The wrecked BMW sedan driven Waianae resident Jameson Yong, 21, at left, and the pickup driven by Lance Miyashiro, 40, sat at a Sand Island tow yard Saturday.<br />

The wrong-way driver in a fatal head-on collision on the H-2 freeway nearly two years ago pleaded not guilty to negligent homicide this morning in state court.

Jameson Yong, 23, is scheduled to stand trial in November. He remains free on $15,000 bail.

Honolulu police said Yong was driving his car southbound on the northbound lanes of the freeway in the early-morning hours of Nov. 19. 2011 when he crashed head on into a pickup truck about a half mile south of the Ka Uka Boulevard exit. The impact caused the pickup to flip on its side and the car crashing into the median. A northbound sport-utility vehicle then crashed into the pickup truck.

The pickup driver, 40-year-old Lance Miyashiro of Wahiawa, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was on his way home from his job as a bouncer at the Mai Tai Bar in Ala Moana Center.

Yong, who had to be extricated from his car by firefighters, went to Queen's Medical Center in extremely critical condition where friends said he underwent multiple surgeries.

The SUV driver, a 58-year-old man, went to the hospital in serious condition.

Yong's parents, who own the car their son was driving, and their insurance carrier agreed last year to a $20,000 settlement with Miyashiro's parents. The $20,000 is the per person liability limit of the Yongs' insurance policy.







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allie wrote:
As i have noted, many Honolulu drivers lack the mental and physical skills to drive or understand the basic rules of the road. Not most but all too many.
on September 3,2013 | 11:39AM
Kealii wrote:
Yes, very big of you to admit as much so thank you for catching the bus instead of driving and adding to the ever increasing amount of idiots driving on our roads! Wish there were more of you who realized they just don't belong behind the wheel of a vehicle. Bravo for being one of them!
on September 3,2013 | 11:56AM
Larry01 wrote:
Same can be said of just about any place, especially a city of over 500,000.
on September 3,2013 | 12:10PM
copperwire9 wrote:
Go away.
on September 3,2013 | 12:17PM
allie wrote:
I cannot afford a car..penniless student
on September 3,2013 | 01:02PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
thank goodness for small favors...that would be all anyone needs ALL-LIES behind the wheel of a 2 ton weapon of mass destruction
on September 3,2013 | 01:46PM
BoneDry wrote:
LOL!!!! don't think anyone has to worry about that since allie would never be able to master the mental and physical skills to operate a motor vehicle. Come to think of it given his history he's unlikely to master any skills at all
on September 3,2013 | 01:55PM
allie wrote:
umm..she. And no reason to be mean. Geesh.
on September 3,2013 | 03:33PM
EMS wrote:
You reap what you sow...Allie. Many of your posts are mean, negative, offensive and baseless criticism.....so you attract the same.
on September 3,2013 | 04:28PM
BoneDry wrote:
still maintaining the lie?? Good man! No wonder you've earned the name all-lies
on September 3,2013 | 07:23PM
BoneDry wrote:
just the facts, HON!
on September 3,2013 | 07:24PM
sak wrote:
And most likely a published journalist on your résumé with many years with the Advertiser?
on September 3,2013 | 06:30PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Most is a scary indictment, as it infers at least 50.1%. This means that say of the 500,000 drivers here, 250,001 of us do not belong on the road. To make this true, we need to make it more difficult to get driver's licenses, or limit drivable age from say 30 to 50, so half the drivers on the road can be taken off the roads.
on September 3,2013 | 01:31PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
starting to seem like North Dakota isn't it? http://tiny.cc/w2zu2w
on September 3,2013 | 01:42PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
must seem strangely like home then...http://tiny.cc/w2zu2w
on September 3,2013 | 01:44PM
RuffDiamond wrote:
How can you plead "not guilty" if you're on an intersate clearly going the wrong way? I legal system remains broken. Also, their insurance agreements is a matter outside of the legal issue. Was he driving the wrong way and was his responsible for the death. Driving is a full-time responsibiltiy. Our driving tests should be harder also - you can get a 70% are pass - that equates to you doing only 70% of your driving correctly.
on September 3,2013 | 11:54AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Well the legal system wants to make certain that they have their party.
on September 3,2013 | 01:51PM
stingray65 wrote:
RuffDiamond: That was his car's fault!!! Not the driver.. Just as they blame on Guns, that the gun owners!! As a matter of facts, more people got killed by cars than guns!!
on September 3,2013 | 04:01PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
What a stupid reply from sr65. Are u senile?
on September 3,2013 | 05:39PM
ryan02 wrote:
I'm surprised the victim's family settled for only $20,000 (the BMW the guy was driving was probably worth more than that -- so the parents think the life of a man their son killed is worth less than their car?). And I'm surprised his bail was only $15k (again, less than the cost of the car he totaled when he killed someone). But that aside, this guy deserves to go to jail for many years. Hope the justice system works, for once. But I won't hold my breath. So many deaths are just forgotten, more so than other crimes, probably because the victim is no longer here to complain or give interviews. We really need to get tough on people who kill others.
on September 3,2013 | 12:24PM
Mei mei wrote:
shocked more like >> can't believe they settled for this gross injustice... Pleading Not guilty to boot, yeah ok ~ he needs to serve some prison time.
on September 3,2013 | 12:39PM
Mypualani wrote:
Like the Deedy. Case they will blame the victim. Who was on his way home from mai tai bar. How can this guy plead not guilty? At least take some responsibility say that you are sorry and face the consequences of being stupid.
on September 3,2013 | 04:16PM
Heinbear wrote:
I agree about prison!
on September 3,2013 | 05:00PM
primo1 wrote:
$20K was just the insurance settlement. Perhaps a civil suit with a much larger (and more punitive) dollar amount will follow.
on September 3,2013 | 02:16PM
Morimoto wrote:
If I had my way this Yong character would be killed by a semi broadsiding his car. Too bad he wasn't paralyzed for life so he could think about his actions. Negligent homicide? Give me a break, should be at least manslaughter. Not sure about Hawaii's laws but I do remember that case in California that killed three people (one an Anaheim Angels player) and the driver got convicted of murder and was sentenced to 50 years to life. Hawaii should have the option of charging someone with murder if they don't have it in their laws.
on September 3,2013 | 12:30PM
allie wrote:
yikes!
on September 3,2013 | 01:02PM
Morimoto wrote:
Why yikes? Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth allie. You do the crime you should suffer the consequences.
on September 3,2013 | 01:56PM
allie wrote:
but....what about mercy?
on September 3,2013 | 03:33PM
primo1 wrote:
What about it?
on September 3,2013 | 03:50PM
MexMe wrote:
Mercy? This is about justice. Mercy means he won't be executed. He is pleading not guilty to something that he is obviously guilty of which means he still hasn't accepted responsibility. Mercy? No one is giving him anything he doesn't deserve. In fact, he is out on bail. I can't believe you feel he needs mercy.
on September 3,2013 | 06:37PM
Morimoto wrote:
NO mercy for those that endanger me and my loved ones or other innocent people, none whatsoever.
on September 3,2013 | 04:22PM
bubbaButt wrote:
Aww, you didn't want to go for the do the crime, you do the time... Very true.
on September 3,2013 | 08:40PM
Heinbear wrote:
At least the guy Deedy shot was being a jerk at the time...this poor guy was just driving home from work! I remember him from Mai Tai's, a really cool guy.
on September 3,2013 | 05:03PM
Wahiawamauka wrote:
Not guilty??? Man this guy either got some seriously big nuggets or is just a complete imbecile. I say the latter.
on September 3,2013 | 12:44PM
allie wrote:
true..see above
on September 3,2013 | 01:02PM
ryan02 wrote:
One of the worst travesties of justice in Hawaii was when JOHN SZEMKOW killed four women because he was speeding and driving on the wrong side of the road in Kunia. The idiotic parole board said he was eligible for parole and serving 5 months, and was paroled after serving for only one year. ALBERT TUFONO, the chair of the Paroling Authority apparently didn't understand the role of a parole board, and thought he had the power to second-guess the conviction (he actually said that -- that the parole board has to make sure they "have the right guy"). It's rare that you can point to actual individuals who are responsible for Hawaii's decline, but SZEMKOW and TUFONO are two of them. People should remember so the four women didn't die in vain.
on September 3,2013 | 12:45PM
ryan02 wrote:
One of the worst travesties of justice in Hawaii was when JOHN SZEMKOW killed four women because he was speeding and driving on the wrong side of the road in Kunia. The parole board said he was eligible for parole and serving 5 months, and was paroled after serving for only one year. ALBERT TUFONO, the chair of the Paroling Authority apparently didn't understand the role of a parole board, and thought he had the power to second-guess the conviction (he actually said that -- that the parole board has to make sure they "have the right guy"). It's rare that you can point to actual individuals who are responsible for Hawaii's decline, but SZEMKOW and TUFONO are two of them. People should remember so the four women didn't die in vain.
on September 3,2013 | 12:45PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Sounds like he took the Waipio off-ramp and headed town-bound in the wrong direction. Article did not mention if this was a possible DUI or if Mr. Yong simply got confused and turned town the off-ramp thinking it was the on-ramp.
on September 3,2013 | 12:51PM
ryan02 wrote:
It would become apparent IMMEDIATELY that you are on the wrong side of the road. This guy drove for at least 1/2 a mile before running into the truck. He must have been drunk or high. Or it was intentional. But most likely, drunk or high.
on September 3,2013 | 01:05PM
MexMe wrote:
He was confused? He lives in Hawai'i!! It's not like he has never been on that stretch of road before! Confused? He's 23 years old!! He is not a child nor is he old. He needs to man up and take the punishment for his actions. It was early in the morning so one can assume someone driving at that time was either coming home from work (like the victim) or out partying.
on September 3,2013 | 06:40PM
nolerd wrote:
Hawaiian law is to passive. Oh! he's a good boy, Oh! he didn't mean to do it, Oh! He's getting his life back on track. How about, "I'm wrong, I'm sorry, What can I do to help ease your loss?" He pleads not guilty to so the attorneys will settle to save on the cost of a trial and he will get probation, BS.
on September 3,2013 | 12:56PM
allie wrote:
agree
on September 3,2013 | 03:34PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
he's gonna blame the state not because he was drunk but probably because there was poor lighting and he couldn't read the do not enter signs(due to impaired vision of course)..throw this guy in the slammer for a long long time
on September 3,2013 | 01:20PM
AhiPoke wrote:
IMO, when a person like Yong pleads not guilty, but eventually is convicted, he should get the book thrown at him. The maximum penalty should be imposed as there is obviously no remorse. If he were to plead guilty and attempt to make amends with the victims' families, I'd be more inclined to accept a lesser judgement.
on September 3,2013 | 01:31PM
ryan02 wrote:
I agree. Also, leaving the scene of the accident (which is not applicable in THIS case) should get a mandatory 10-year term. As it is, people have every reason to flee (to avoid being prosecuted at all) and no reason to stay and render aid. That's backwards. They should fear fleeing the scene, and encouraged to give aid -- so reduction if they render aid, and mandatory 10-year term if they flee.
on September 3,2013 | 01:35PM
Nocturnal wrote:
Rot in hell Jameson Yong. I hope you and your family is sued beyond belief and all your wealth and income taken just like you took an innocent man's life.
on September 3,2013 | 02:09PM
Galajr wrote:
I knew Mr. Lance Miyashiro and he was a good person. My condolences to his family. "No amount of money is worth a persons life."
on September 3,2013 | 04:39PM
subloins wrote:
Not guilty???? Oh for Pete's sake!!! Really??? You killed a person, how is that "not guilty"? What? You didn't mean to kill him, you meant to kill someone else??? Sheeeeeezzzzzzz!!!!
on September 3,2013 | 04:50PM
steveoctober wrote:
Twisted system will probably give him his license back in a few years, receive a 1 year suspended sentence, and on top of that this loser will sue the state for not having enough "wrong way" signs posted. His lawyer will probably argue that it's actually fine to drive in the opposite direction and Miyashiro was actually at fault. $15k bail is beyond outrageous. The judge who ordered this paltry amount should have their car keyed.
on September 3,2013 | 05:08PM
bubbaButt wrote:
Two years?!? What took so long?
on September 3,2013 | 08:43PM
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