A 21-year-old woman who admitted she was texting just before her car hit a utility pole, has been indicted for negligent homicide.
Chanel Franco will be arraigned in Circuit Court Thursday.
An Oahu grand jury indicted Franco on March 23. Her bail was set at $11,000.
According to police, Franco was driving a silver 2003 Honda Civic southeast on Hihimanu Street on April 15 when she lost control of her car, which veered off the road and hit a utility pole
Two witnesses said the driver told them after the fatal accident that she blamed herself because she had been texting and reaching down for something just before the accident. When she looked up, a van was coming straight at her, so she swerved to avoid it.
Passenger Jessica Lum may have been thrown by the impact out the back door, which had ripped off during the crash, witnesses told the Star-Advertiser last year.
The driver and another passenger were taken to the Queen’s Medical Center in serious condition.
Lum died at the scene of the crash near Waimanalo District Park.