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Waialua man indicted in fatal crash allegedly said he was on cocaine, booze

By Nelson Daranciang

LAST UPDATED: 12:59 p.m. HST, Nov 02, 2012

The driver of a pickup truck involved in a fiery crash in Central Oahu that killed a man early Sunday admitted he took some cocaine and drank nine to 12 beers before getting behind the wheel, said Keith Seto, deputy prosecutor.

An Oahu grand jury returned an indictment Thursday charging Donald Halleron, 29, of Wai­alua with negligent homicide.

Circuit Judge Richard Perkins confirmed bail at $200,000.

The indictment also charges Halleron with driving without a license.

Police said a 65-year-old Hale­iwa man died after Halleron crashed his truck into the rear of the man's sport utility vehicle, which then burst into flames.

The Honolulu Medical Examiner has yet to re- lease the victim's name pending positive identification, nor is he named in the indictment.

The man was sitting in his SUV in a line with other motorists on Wili­kina Drive, just south of Kau­kona­hua Road, waiting for police to reopen roadways following Saturday night's tsunami warning.

In court Thursday, Seto said witnesses estimated Halleron's truck was traveling about 60 mph just before the crash.

That stretch of Wili­kina Drive has a 45 mph speed limit.

Police said Halleron's truck hit the SUV, causing a chain reaction with two other vehicles.

The driver of the vehicle directly in front of the SUV, a 43-year-old woman, went to a hospital in serious condition. Four people in the next vehicle ahead went to a hospital in good condition.

Halleron went to the Queen's Medical Center. Seto said Halleron's blood alcohol content was 0.19, more than twice the legal threshold for drunken driving.

Police arrested him upon his release from the hospital Sunday at 8:40 a.m.

Halleron has a conviction for driving drunk in October 2010.

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ejkorvette wrote:
Words are inadequate to describe my feelings about this Tragic story. The loss of life, the serious injury suffered, and the pain, anguish, and anger that something like this could happen. When does it end on Oahu? When do the Hawaii lawmakers make an unprecendented vote and enact into law immediately the Imperative steps and processes to prevent this type of Horrible act. Does the Govenor have to be killed in a similar incident? The Mayor? A Senator? A Millionaire? A Judge? Hawaii Lawmakers LISTEN UP: People are dying on our roads!!!!! Will Vigilantes have to make the lawmakers understand? Will the citizens of Hawaii be forced to take matters into their own hands, because the so-called Leadership chooses not to????
on November 2,2012 | 04:51AM
bullturd wrote:
Very Good Points! One of the very lame excxuses by our lawmakers to crack down with laws that have teeth to put these abusers away for a long time is because our prisons are too full.
on November 2,2012 | 05:05AM
bender wrote:
What exactly is it that you want lawmakers to implement, floggings, executions or what? And don't forget, you can't legislate stupidity.
on November 2,2012 | 05:55AM
cojef wrote:
Agree with you, in that laws are enacted to determine the nature of the offense and how it will be administered. Laws are not able to control human behavior. Behavior is an individual thing.
on November 2,2012 | 09:56AM
allie wrote:
totally agree
on November 2,2012 | 06:23AM
sjean wrote:
Why don't you start by sitting outside the closest bar to your house and prevent every drunk from driving their vehicle.
on November 2,2012 | 06:48PM
808warriorfan wrote:
on November 2,2012 | 07:08PM
allie wrote:
This is second degree murder. Please charge the man with the toughest possible crime. There are just too many drunks and drugged out people on the road and nothing is ever done out here
on November 2,2012 | 06:23AM
soundofreason wrote:
Then get Judge PERKINS off the case. He'll have this guy attending our local community college ALONG WITH the hiking trail stabber who is currently out and about among KIDS at KCC.
on November 2,2012 | 07:02AM
allie wrote:
on November 2,2012 | 03:34PM
toomuchpilikia wrote:
Allie....because of the intoxication Halleron will be charged with Negligent Homicide 1st degree. However, we do not know how the prosecutors will play this tragic event in terms of plea deals.
on November 2,2012 | 03:41PM
mrluke wrote:
There's the SA's favorite word again: "allegedly".
on November 2,2012 | 07:17AM
ellinaskyrt wrote:
Mrluke: Name a newspaper that doesn't use the word "alleged" when talking about someone charged yet not convicted of a crime. That's standard journalistic language, and it's also legally correct.
on November 2,2012 | 12:43PM
allie wrote:
on November 2,2012 | 03:35PM
eoe wrote:
It's incredible how totally ignorant people are of basic legal issues surrounding journalism. This isn't some big conspiracy to be "soft on criminals" or whatever you think. If SA, or really anyone, says in a written, published form, something that hasn't been proven in a court of law, even something that the defendant in question admits is true, they can be sued for libel. The use of allegedly is a form of protection for the paper. Now, if you want to have a discussion of whether there are better ways of protecting yourself, for example by saying who is saying what, that is another thing. For example, "Police said Halleron admitted to XYZ..." is also permissible, and arguably better writing.
on November 2,2012 | 02:47PM
rahakana wrote:
There just does not seem to be any solution to this type of behavior. The perpetrator enjoys a brief moment, causes great grief, says he didn't mean to do it, goes through the legal system, and may or may not turn his life around; nevertheless, he leaves a bunch of victims in his wake, dead or quietly suffering the rest of their lives. It might help some if people nowadays were not so into themselves.
on November 2,2012 | 11:28AM
olos73 wrote:
No make difference, people with multiple DUI's still driving. And no license. And no insurance. And expired safety check. And no more registration.
on November 2,2012 | 01:00PM
tambio wrote:
loser. disregard for others cause of drinking and drugs..........that guy will get what he deserves in prison....
on November 2,2012 | 01:41PM
64hoo wrote:
he will get what he deserves in prison a nice clean cell, clean bed,a nice color television, computer and all other amenities from us taxpayers, a good life in prison. he won't want to come out not after living the life of luxorary.
on November 2,2012 | 02:29PM
loquaciousone wrote:
I believe that Wilikina Drive has a speed limit of 35 MPH.
on November 2,2012 | 02:11PM
WKAMA wrote:
How come this guy is driving having no license? Whose truck was he driving, his? If so, that truck should have been impounded when his license was taken away. If the truck belonged to someone else the owner should be fined for allowing a non-licensed to drive his vehicle.
on November 2,2012 | 02:16PM
paradiddle wrote:
Good points. The legal system is unable to apropriately punish the alleged perp. Vehicles belonging to people whose license has been revoked should be either impounded or rendered inoperable or at least left to the responsibility of someone else. If the vehicle is used by the person whose license is revoked, the person who was given responsibiity of the vehicle should be held accountable. IMO.
on November 2,2012 | 02:29PM
Ripoff wrote:
Crum P.O.S......
on November 2,2012 | 02:31PM
Akhmed_PKC wrote:
CLOWN...but hey, the weak judicial system and HPA will give him an open 5. Probably will end up serving 1 year.
on November 2,2012 | 11:40PM
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