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Ewa Beach man pleads not guilty in 2012 wrong-way collision

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 12:27 p.m. HST, Jan 13, 2014


A 39-year-old Ewa Beach man today entered a plea of not guilty to a charge of hitting a pickup truck head-on after driving the wrong way on the H-2 freeway, critically injuring the pickup's driver 15 months ago.

Pedro Ortiz was charged last week for first-degree negligent injury, driving with a suspended license and hitting several city road signs while driving the wrong way on the H-2 on Nov. 8, 2012. His bail was set at $25,000.

Circuit Court Judge Richard Perkins set Ortiz's trial date for the week of March 17 before Circuit Judge Randal Lee. Perkins also confirmed Ortiz's bail of $25,000.

Police said the suspect drove a Toyota Sequoia SUV south in a northbound lane of the freeway, about a mile south of the Meheula Parkway overpass. The suspect's vehicle hit the Mazda pickup truck, which was traveling north.

Ortiz entered the freeway by using the Mililani Mauka offramp and was driving south on northbound lanes when he collided with the Mazda truck, police said.

The Waipahu man, who was driving the Mazda pickup truck, was pinned in the cab of the vehicle and taken to the hospital in critical condition. Ortiz suffered minor injuries.

In 2002, Ortiz was convicted of drunken driving. He was fined $150 and his license was suspended for 150 days.







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nitpikker wrote:
what is he pleading not guilty to? causing the accident? if found guilty he should get triple the penalties for wasting the courts time. frivolous plea.
on January 13,2014 | 09:15AM
HanabataDays wrote:
Not guilty? What, his twin bro was driving? Naaaaaaaaaaaaaah.
on January 13,2014 | 09:16AM
HAJAA1 wrote:
But of course
on January 13,2014 | 09:19AM
Kealii wrote:
...and it started with the 1 years it took to bring charges against him. Nothing will make sense in this case.
on January 13,2014 | 09:27AM
eastside808 wrote:
He's not guilty if on the day of the accident if 1) his first day on the island, 2) his IQ below 80, 3) faulty GPS or 4) heard voices telling him to enter the freeway from the wrong end.
on January 13,2014 | 09:39AM
GONEGOLFIN wrote:
Yea, he not guilty cause he was driving the right direction, and EVERYBODY else was driving the wrong way.
on January 13,2014 | 10:05AM
rayhawaii wrote:
More tax money down the drain. Plead guilty 1 year in prison. Plead not guilty and found guilty at a trial 10 years in prison going to cost us tax payers $500,000 for his room and board. He just wants to live the next 10 years free doing nothing.
on January 13,2014 | 10:43AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
If he suffered minor injuries and was found in his vehicle, then charges could have been brought immediately.
on January 13,2014 | 11:28AM
RandolphW wrote:
He has to plead not guilty so that his attorney will have something to work with.
on January 13,2014 | 01:51PM
Mallory wrote:
Fined only $150 after being convicting of drunk driving in 2002. I guess the state doesn't take drink driving too seriously. Its not surprising those convicted also don't take their convictions seriously
on January 13,2014 | 02:04PM
50skane wrote:
To be charged with Negligent Injury 1st degree he had to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs so his goose is cooked already. He is just trying to buy some time before he goes to the slammer.
on January 13,2014 | 02:47PM
SteveToo wrote:
How could you be not guilty of driving the wrong way on the freeway?
on January 13,2014 | 03:01PM
SteveToo wrote:
Maybe the State should install those spikes that pop up if you drive the wrong way entering a parking lot on all the freeway exits so this will never happen again. LOL Fat chance.
on January 13,2014 | 03:04PM
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