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For Saturday, June 25, 2011

By Star-Advertiser staff


Driver hits man, then crashes bank

An 84-year-old woman drove onto a sidewalk Friday and hit a pedestrian in front of the First Hawaiian Bank in Liliha, police said.

The woman was leaving the Liliha Square Shopping Center's parking lot at about 11:30 a.m. when she lost control of her vehicle, crossed Liliha Street and drove onto the sidewalk, hitting a man, police said. The car stopped on the stairs of the bank at 1420 Liliha St.

Paramedics took the man, 55, to the hospital in serious condition, an Emergency Medical Services spokeswoman said. The driver, who had minor injuries, was also taken to the hospital.

Brandt Farias, marketing director for First Hawaiian, said the car knocked off a handrail and then went through the front glass, breaking three panes. Some ceramic tiles were also damaged. He said the glass was repaired before the end of the business day, and the bank remained open during its normal hours.

Free seat checks

Certified technicians will check child safety seats and booster seats free of charge today from 1 to 3 p.m. at Kaiser Koolau Clinic, 45-602 Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe. The event is sponsored by the Keiki Injury Prevention Coalition and State Farm.


Driver pleads guilty after hitting cyclist

A Hawaii County employee who hit a bicyclist while driving a county vehicle without a license in June 2010 pleaded guilty Thursday to misdemeanor charges, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported.

Chris Michael Domino, 35, of Kailua-Kona pleaded guilty before Circuit Judge Elizabeth Strance to driving with a suspended or revoked license and second- degree negligent injury in connection with the June 17 collision that seriously injured Kailua-Kona resident James Gustin.

Domino faces a maximum of a year in jail and a $2,000 fine for second-degree negligent injury, which is a misdemeanor, and up to 30 days and a $1,000 fine for driving with a suspended or revoked license, a petty misdemeanor.

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