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Woman arrested after crash kills former Kamehameha football player

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  • STAR-ADVERTISER / AUG. 2013

    Kamehameha’s Kaulana Werner caught a pass for a touchdown against Farrington High School in Kalihi. The touchdown was later called off due to a penalty. Werner was killed Sunday night by a 22-year-old woman, who police said may have been intoxicated and speeding when she hit the man who was not in a marked crosswalk.

A 22-year-old woman, who police said may have been intoxicated and speeding, was arrested after she allegedly ran down and killed a former Kamehameha Schools football player Sunday night.

The medical examiner said the official cause of death for Kaulana Werner, 19, of Waianae, is pending the outcome of an autopsy.

The woman was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and causing Werner’s accidental death.

Charges are pending.

Police said Werner was not in a marked crosswalk on Farrington Highway near Pohakunui Avenue when the woman’s car, which was headed east, hit him at 8:36 p.m.

Police said he died at the scene.

Speed and alcohol appear to be factors, police said.

Werner was a second-team All-ILH selection at wide receiver in 2014. He had a team-high 30 receptions for 417 yards and three touchdowns in 2014.

Werner is listed as a defensive back on the roster of Sterling College in Kansas where he registered as a business major in the fall.

This was Oahu’s 14th traffic death, compared to 17 at the same time last year.

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  • I understand that speed and alcohol was the main factor of the accident, but what about the color of the clothing Mr Werner was wearing when he got hit? Black or dark clothing? I’m not saying he was wearing dark clothing. It doesn’t say that in the article. Too many times I see people at night walking the streets in black clothing? With the already dim lighting from the street lights, wearing black clothing at night just increased your chance of being hit by a driver 10 fold. Add to the mix a drunk driver…….Aye-sous!!! People needs to make the smart choice and wear clothing that are easier seen at night by drivers.

      • Oahuan was simply raising a possible causative factor that is not disputed by any detail found in the story, which Oahuan was careful to point out. Dark-clothed pedestrians are hazards probably every driver here has had close calls with after dark. It’s really just a matter of time if you drive much at night.

        • While that is a concern, if the driver was seriously impaired, it doesn’t matter what the pedestrian is wearing. Drunk drivers have crashed into cop cars with their sirens and lights blaring. If a drunk driver misses that (and they have), a pedestrian has no chance regardless of clothing choices.

        • Actually, I think it does matter to a degree however small. There surly must be undocumented cases where just inches or just a millisecond or two made all the difference between a near miss and a fatal collision. Since nobody here yet knows what color the victim’s clothes were, this is all just idle speculation. However, saying “it doesn’t matter” implies that a given level of impairment always results in a given level of error. That hasn’t been proven in controlled studies where distracted or intoxicated drivers drove simulated or coned test courses. You could conclude that there would be a greater probability of an accident, but not a certainty.

    • I drive at night sometimes and have no problem seeing pedestrians on the sidewalks, crosswalks, and all around me. There are street lights. Oh Yeah! I do TURN ON THE LIGHTS ON MY CAR.

    • If a someone hits and kills a person not in a crosswalk and is not drunk or speeding, I do not think they should be charged with vehicular homicide or any other major charge. If a person is drunk and/or speeding and kills someone not in a crosswalk, then that person should be charged with murder. They are 100% responsible if they are impared or speeding. Im sick of lawyers getting people off becuase they didnt now what they were doing, they were drunk. If I shoot a person, stab a person or strangle a person to death, its the same as killing them with a car. Shes only 22, but she just murdered someone.

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