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Driver pleads not guilty to charges in wrong-way collision

By Star-Advertiser staff


A 39-year-old Ewa Beach man Monday pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a head-on collision that occurred 14 months ago while he was allegedly driving the wrong way on the H-2 freeway.

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

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

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. Ortiz entered the freeway by using the Mili­lani Mauka off­ramp, police said.

The Toyota hit the Mazda pickup truck, which was traveling north.

The Waipahu man who was driving the pickup 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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whs1966 wrote:
I plead not guilty, your honor. My evil twin brother was driving the SUV.
on January 14,2014 | 05:16AM
soundofreason wrote:
......in a parallel universe. When defendants MAKE prosecutors prove the obvious, the penalties should be doubled. People would then think twice before wasting taxpayers money in prosecution. Again, only on the OBVIOUS cases.
on January 14,2014 | 05:56AM
Wazdat wrote:
Really, is this the guy that took over a year to catch?
on January 14,2014 | 05:51AM
soundofreason wrote:
Our "justice" system apparently moves at the speed of smell.
on January 14,2014 | 06:35AM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Yea... Kaneshiro has his priorities mixed up pretty badly, he's been too busy chasing game room operators for what he calls gambling and prosecuting prostitutes and johns. I hope voters retire him in the next election, it won't be a moment too soon.
on January 14,2014 | 07:02PM
makule1957 wrote:
Why do the guilty plead not guilty? Take responsibility for your actions!
on January 14,2014 | 06:35AM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
When it's obvious you're guilty I think it's best to plead no contest or guilty. Otherwise the Judge is likely to give the max sentence. That's the way it should be anyway, our justice system is run by incompetents like Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro.
on January 14,2014 | 07:04PM
Mike174 wrote:
People who plead not guilty in cases in which they are so obviously wrong should be made to pay twice the fine and do twice the jail time.
on January 14,2014 | 06:55AM
SueH wrote:
He's right: He's not guilty!! Everyone ELSE was driving in the wrong direction.
on January 14,2014 | 08:29AM
serious wrote:
SueH--correct, I can't wait until we get automatic driven cars!!! Would we then get automatic attorneys?? Would they charge less, with batteries included???
on January 14,2014 | 11:09AM
soundofreason wrote:
on January 14,2014 | 06:34PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
There's no possible defense for what this guy did, he has no honor whatsoever.I hope he get 20 years in jail.
on January 14,2014 | 06:59PM
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