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Wrong-way driver acknowledges killing man on H-2

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 11:24 a.m. HST, Jun 12, 2014

A 24-year-old Waianae man acknowledged in Circuit Court on Thursday to killing a 40-year-old man when he drove the wrong way on the H-2 freeway nearly three years ago.

Jameson Yong now faces a maximum jail term of five years and a $10,000 fine when he is sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Glenn Kim on Aug. 27.

Yong was charged with second-degree negligent homicide following a fatal head-on collision that occurred on Nov. 19, 2011 when he drove into a pickup truck driven by Lance Miyashiro of Wahiawa. He remains free on $15,000 bail.

Miyashiro was pronounced dead at the scene following the 2:20 a.m. accident. He was on his way home from his job as a bouncer at the Mai Tai Bar in Ala Moana Center.

Police said Yong was driving a white 1992 BMW the wrong way when he crashed into a Wahiawa-bound 2005 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck about a half-mile south of the Ka Uka Boulevard exit.

The impact caused the pickup to flip on its side and crash into the median. The pickup overturned, and a Jeep Liberty SUV crashed into Tacoma pickup truck.

Yong, who had to be extricated from his car by firefighters, was taken in extremely critical condition to the Queen's Medical Center, where friends said he underwent multiple surgeries. He had to be aided by cane at Thursday's hearing.

The SUV driver, a 58-year-old man, was also hospitalized in serious condition.

At the time of the November 2011 accident, Yong worked at BAE Systems at Pearl Harbor and graduated from Waianae High School in 2008.

At Thursday's court hearing Yong said he decided to change his plea to no contest even though there is no plea agreement with city prosecutors.

In 2012, Yong's parents, who own the car their son was driving, and their insurance carrier agreed to a $20,000 settlement with Miyashiro's parents. The $20,000 is the per person liability limit of the Yong's insurance policy.

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Jerry_D wrote:
At least he's owning up to his mistake (by not contesting the charges, nor offering to plead down to a lesser charge). Throwing himself to the mercy of the court -- gotta at least give him that.
on June 12,2014 | 10:58AM
copperwire9 wrote:
I agree.
on June 12,2014 | 11:52AM
soundofreason wrote:
Yeah, so that streamlined process takes THREE years? Hawaii justice moves at the speed of smell.
on June 12,2014 | 07:21PM
Morimoto wrote:
Too bad this lowlife didn't die too. Or better yet be crippled for life. Second degree negligent homicide charges are a joke, this should at least be manslaughter. He'll probably serve about 2-3 years max and then be out doing the same thing. I just wish I could run him over with a truck.
on June 12,2014 | 12:12PM
ryan02 wrote:
I would agree with you IF he was driving drunk, or high, or was racing, or made some other intentionally bad decision that ended up killing someone. If he was just a really bad driver or mentally confused (other than drunk/high/etc.) then I think he still deserves jail time but not life in prison or the death penalty like you suggest. This article doesn't provide enough information.
on June 12,2014 | 01:38PM
Morimoto wrote:
Looks like this guy was a lifetime or at least long time resident of Hawaii. I did make an assumption that he was under the influence in my post. I think it was a pretty fair assumption to make since IMO it's pretty difficult to enter the freeway going the wrong way especially if you've lived here for a while, and also it would be pretty obvious you're going the wrong way if you're paying attention and sober. However it is possible a sober person could make a terrible mistake but it just doesn't seem the case here.
on June 12,2014 | 02:06PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Can't recall but has it been disclosed what happened? How the guy ended up on the wrong side of the road? Perhaps we will learn more when he is sentenced. I am assuming that since it is not first degree negligent homicide he was not driving while impaired. Very curious indeed.
on June 12,2014 | 01:46PM
johnkailua wrote:
Beware people, your life is worth a mere 20 thousand bucks. Ended and pronounced DOA, when someone drives the wrong way on a major freeway and also injuring another innocent person. Either drugs or lack of knowledge of roadway, whatever....no consequences no punishment for the life lost and the injury, pain, suffering caused. We hear and see it all the time. "I'm sorry", "I wish it was me that died", BS ....your life is worth 20K and a mere 5 yrs in prison if any, thanks to our judicial system and defense lawyers. But Jameson lives on maybe another 50 yrs........I'm sick of this BS.....Where is Bucky Lake? Probably drinking with his buddies, watching the NBA finals.....
on June 12,2014 | 02:07PM
Jerry_D wrote:
For that (the $20K payout), I blame the lawyers. I've tried suing another driver for a wrongful accident that he incurred upon me. I even went to Leavett Yamane and Soldner. The response I got from them? "Do YOU have uninsured/underinsured coverage?" and my answer was "No. But can't I sue anyways?" Make a long story short, the lawyer (Yamane) did not take my case because, evidently, the legal system isn't about what's right or what's wrong but, rather, HOW MUCH MONEY CAN YOU COLLECT? Same thing here....the victim's estate could probably have sued (and won) for a lot more than $20K -- but they wouldn't have been able to collect if the defendant doesn't have the means to pay. So the only other realistic option -- the option where money will actually be paid out -- is to go with whatever the insurance company is willing to pay out. And in this case, it's $20K (with, undoubtedly, 30% of that going to the attorneys).
on June 12,2014 | 02:19PM
false wrote:
A life is worth only a mere 20K? Hope there is more coming. The parents should have sued Yong for damages and garnished his future wages for the full amount.
on June 12,2014 | 03:00PM
50skane wrote:
The Yong's got off with a slap on the wrist as far as money goes. They could have been sued for the shirts of their backs and a lot more if Miyashiro's family was really that type. It is actually amazing that they got off with paying $20,000, that is peanuts for taking someone's life.
on June 12,2014 | 03:31PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
There was another accident, this one on the H-3, town bound, about two miles from Kailua, that seemed to be similar to the H-2 accident here. As I was driving to Kailua, I seen the HPD on the other side, protecting a badly mangled dark gray car. I thought this accident would show up on your HSA's radar, however it has not. I guess if I overran a roach, that is not news. Details at 11: oh by the way I have a pic of this accident including a video showing HPD and its investigation. Please see YouTube/WhitePersian2011. However, I have not posted this video yet. I anticipate posting it within two weeks.
on June 12,2014 | 03:34PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
This accident was yesterday.
on June 12,2014 | 03:55PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Please apply for the position of Film Editor and we can get our videos out sooner.
on June 12,2014 | 06:48PM
40black wrote:
Should b eye for an eye
on June 12,2014 | 03:53PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Death Penalty?
on June 12,2014 | 06:47PM
KWAY wrote:
This is why all Hawaii drivers should carry uninsured & underinsured coverage on their own auto policies. Your premiums are higher and your carrier will fight you tooth and nail for every penny, but it's a lot better option than getting killed and your survivors get a measly $20k. This amounts to legal murder, and the kid should be jailed for 10 year minimum. I mean, how drunk or stupid do you need to be to drive the wrong way on a freeway?
on June 12,2014 | 04:33PM
lokela wrote:
Yes at least he owned up to it.
on June 12,2014 | 06:32PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
my guess is that he was drinking at nancy's kitchen..then drove towards mililani memorial and took a right turn onto the north bound ka uka off ramp..just my guess of how he got on the freeway
on June 12,2014 | 07:28PM
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