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Man pleads guilty to negligent homicide in drive-thru death

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    2010 February 01 CTY - Albert Birmingham, charged with negligent homicide 1 and fleeing the scene in the death of Raelynn Adams at a Nanakuli McDonalds drive through.
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    2010 February 01 CTY - Raelynn Adams, died after an altercation at a Nanakuli McDonalds drive through.
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    2010 January 31_ CTY McDonalds 06_ McDonalds in Nanakuli, where a woman was killed in a hit and run after a road rage incident at the drive-thru window. Entrance to the restaurant's drive-thru was blocked with yellow tape and cones. The incident happened on the other side of the building at the exit of the drive-thru lane. Honolulu Star Bulletin photo by FL Morris
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A habitual drunk driver charged with manslaughter for running over a 20-year-old woman in the drive-thru lane of the Nanakuli McDonald’s Restaurant two years ago pleaded guilty in state court this morning to a reduced charge of first-degree negligent homicide.

Albert Birmingham, 38, of Punchbowl, also pleaded guilty to fleeing the scene of a fatal accident, consuming or possessing alcohol while operating a vehicle and driving after his license had been revoked for DUI. He had at least two prior DUI arrests. 

Under the terms of his plea agreement with the prosecutor, Birmingham faces a prison term of no more than 10 years when he is sentenced in April.

Birmingham ran over Raelynn Adams Jan. 31, 2010, during an argument in the drive-thru lane. When police arrested him in his parked sport utility vehicle nearby, the prosecutor said Birmingham’s blood alcohol content was 0.132. The legal threshold for drunk driving is 0.08 BAC.

 

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