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Teen arrested after back-to-back crashes on Kauai

LAST UPDATED: 12:51 a.m. HST, Sep 15, 2013

Kauai police cited a 17-year-old boy with second-degree negligent injury and leaving the scene of an accident on Friday for his alleged involvement in two consecutive traffic crashes in Puhi that backed up traffic in the area for about an hour, county officials said. 

The teen was also cited for being in an accident involving bodily injury and not having insurance, officials said. 

The first incident happened around 2:35 p.m. when the boy was heading west in a Jeep on Kaumualii Highway near Kukui Grove Center and he rear-ended a Chevy sedan being driven by 48-year-old man visiting from Colorado. 

Officials said the boy fled the scene and continued west on the highway. The driver was not injured.

Next, the boy collided with a Nissan MPVH heading east in the outermost lane of Kaumualii Highway while he was attempting to turn left onto the Anonui Road junction just past Kauai Community College, officials said.

The 32-year-old Kapaa woman driving the Nissan had to be extricated from her vehicle by Kauai Fire Department personnel. Officials said she sustained non-life threatening injuries to her neck, arms and legs and was transported to Wilcox Hospital for treatment.

The boy apparently was not injured in either incident, officials said. He was later released to his guardian after being detained.

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paniolo wrote:
Unless this boy is at least 17 1/2 years old, he doesn't have a "full license." Meaning he's not supposed to be driving by himself. If he's under 17 1/2, he only has a "provisional license" ( like a temporary license) meaning he's supposed to have an adult relative in the front passenger seat. With all his charges, I guess he's not going to get his license at all.
on September 14,2013 | 06:58PM
aomohoa wrote:
I'd like to know if his parents let him drive or if he is just a dumb teenager. Let's hope he gets his act together before he really hurts someone badly.
on September 14,2013 | 07:20PM
808warriorfan wrote:
If there is a "next time' let's just hope it's him, he kills himself,and no one else gets hurt or suffers any kind of property damage due to his stupidity
on September 14,2013 | 07:30PM
mikethenovice wrote:
No parents. It says guardian.
on September 14,2013 | 09:24PM
Kealii wrote:
I think you're confusing the provisional license with the instructional permit. If the boy had an instructional permit, he would be required to have a licensed driver at least 21 years of age at all times with him. It doesn't matter if this person is a relative or not unless he is operating a vehicle from 11pm to 5am. Now if he had a provisional license, he is allowed to drive by himself AND transport one person under the age of 18 otherwise he needs a parent, guardian or household member who is at least 21 years of age with him. And he is restricted from driving from 11pm to 5am unless he is going to/from work or a school function. Otherwise, he again would need a parent, guardian or household member who is at least 21 years of age with him. Of course, all his occupants are required to wear seat belts or a child's seat (if under four). All of which may be a moot point since he is now involved in 2 incidents.
on September 14,2013 | 08:01PM
hikine wrote:
No insurance, no can drive. Hope the owner of the vehicle has money to cover the damages from this reckless hooligan.
on September 14,2013 | 07:29PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Just declare bankrupt
on September 14,2013 | 09:22PM
spamhawaii wrote:
The fine for not having insurance is a joke. For some, the $1k fine is worth the risk since their insurance rate is probably atrocious to begin with. Regardless, the penalties should be revised and a lot harsher. A suggestion would be to confiscate the car until the person can prove they have insurance and then on they must continue to prove they have insurance every 3 months or so. Multiple offenders should get a minimum five digit fine and/or jail time.
on September 14,2013 | 08:21PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Insurance doesn't bring back a loved one.
on September 14,2013 | 09:23PM
cojef wrote:
In California, proof of insurance must be submitted by the license plate applicant or insurance carrier notify DMV that your auto is covered before plate are issued or yearly sticker forwarded. Just recieved notice by mail that my insurance carrier did not notify them so sent a copy of my coverage. Will have to call insurance agent and castigate him for not notifying DMV. Been with State Farm since fall of 1971 continuously, the even cover my golf cart, condo and also an umbrella liability policy.
on September 15,2013 | 08:25AM
mikethenovice wrote:
A minor and first offense case will be thrown out. Get a life, kid.
on September 14,2013 | 09:21PM
nitpikker wrote:
dont let him get off with just a slap on the wrist.
on September 15,2013 | 02:20AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
This "boy" need to be held liable for the cost of gas burned by all of those held up in traffic due to his recklessness. He needs to be held responsible for his actions.
on September 15,2013 | 06:57AM
joseph007 wrote:
released to his guardian and driving happily again...... don't you just love Hawaii "justice"?
on September 15,2013 | 08:25AM
spamhawaii wrote:
My point is to try and get these people off the road. I see so many people out there that don't know how to drive. Knowing how to drive is NOT subjective if I constantly see people breaking the law. I know of people that can't even read English but have a driver's license, ridiculous. How long will it take before we see the street signs being posted bilingually like how billboards are posted in California? Hey Caldwell, if you wanna help reduce traffic, start by getting more cars and drivers OFF the roads. The City and County is giving away licenses like they were porn flyers from a Vegas handbiller.
on September 15,2013 | 05:22PM
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