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Man arrested on negligent homicide count in connection with death of his passenger

A Waimalu man was arrested Thursday night on suspicion of negligent homicide in connection with the death of a passenger in his Geo Metro when it was involved in a head-on crash with a sports utility vehicle near Sand Island three months ago.

The 38-year-old man, of a Kanuku Place address, surrendered at police headquarters about 8:40 p.m., police said.

Police believe the driver was intoxicated during the early morning hours of March 18 when his Metro made a U-turn at Sand Island Access Road, drove into oncoming traffic into the Ewa-bound lanes of Nimitz Highway, and struck a Toyota 4Runner. Ewa Beach resident Billy Thomas, 28, was killed. The 4Runner’s male driver, 49, and female passenger, 40, were hospitalized in serious condition.

The suspect, himself, was also hospitalized for a time after the crash, police said.

Besides negligent homicide, the suspect was arrested on two counts of first-degree negligent injury and driving while intoxicated.

He was released pending investigation.

 

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