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$1.1 million settlement reached in Kauai traffic death

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LIHUE >> A $1.1 million settlement has been reached in a wrongful death lawsuit involving the death of a 26-year-old pedestrian.

The settlement came in a civil lawsuit against Robert Wayne Yount, 83, and the civil case will be dismissed, The Garden Island reported.

Attorneys for both sides, along with Yount’s insurer, State Farm, agreed to the terms of the settlement.

The Kauai Police Department reported that on March 16, 2013, Yount was driving an SUV when he allegedly hit Jill Garnett of Waimea as she walked along the shoulder of Kaumualii Highway.

“I am happy that this case was able to be resolved for the closure this brings to all involved,” said Daniel Hempey, the attorney for the estate.

Yount also faces criminal charges, including first-degree negligent homicide, in Garnett’s death. 

However, in March, he was found unfit to proceed to stand trial, and he is in custody at the Hawaii State Hospital.

Among other charges Yount faces is an attempted murder charge for firing in the direction of police officers who were attempting to serve him with a criminal indictment in the Garnett case.

The civil lawsuit was filed by Garnett’s estate, represented by her mother and two brothers.

Garnett had lived in Hawaii for six years by the time of her death. 

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