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Kauai man sentenced to prison in hit-and-run crash

By Star-Advertiser staff


A 37-year-old Princeville motorist was sentenced Thursday to one year in jail for striking a pedestrian with a van and failing to stop to render aid, Kauai County officials said.

Circuit Judge Kathleen Watanabe also sentenced Jonathan Swift to five years' probation for first-degree negligent injury and operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant.

On March 6, 2012, Swift was operating a van near the Hale Moi condominium when he sideswiped a pedestrian and failed to stop. Witnesses reported Swift was driving erratically. One of the witnesses followed Swift to his residence and persuaded him to return to the scene, according to a news release.

Police conducted a Breathalyzer test that showed his blood-alcohol level at 0.10, slightly above the 0.08 legal threshold.

The pedestrian, an Arizona woman, suffered a fractured clavicle, a fractured rib and a detached retina.

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