Hawaii News — Keolaokalani Kailianu Indicted; Facing Manslaughter And Three Other Felony Charges

Keolaokalani Kailianu has been indicted for manslaughter and three other charges for the May 28 collision that killed 22-year-old University of Hawaii Hilo student Ted Braxton.  Initially, Kailianu had been charged with negligent homicide in the first degree, operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant, and accident involving death or serious injury.  He was arrested and posted $10,500 bail.  But on June 8 a jury indicted him for manslaughter, negligent homicide, DUI and leaving the scene of an accident involving death or serious injury.  Has re-arrested and posted bail for  $20,000.

In Circuit Court on Thursday, Kailianu pleaded not guilty to the four charges.  A trial date was set for Oct. 3, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. Deputy Prosecutor Ricky Damerville reportedly revealed during those proceedings that the collision of the van driven by Kailianu and the moped driven by Braxton was caught on surveillance video from K’s Drive In and Kadota’s Liquor.  Damerville said what would typically be a two-week trial could be much shorter due to that captured footage.

Police say shortly before 10 p.m. on May 28 Kailianu, traveling in a 2007 Ford van, failed to yield the right-of-way as he turned left onto Hualalai Street from Kinoole Street, striking Braxton on the moped traveling north on Kinoole Street.  Braxton was dislodged from the van at the corner of Mauna Kea and Hualalai Streets, directly across from K’s Drive In and Kadota Liquor.  The moped was still in the undercarriage of the van when police found it and Kailianu on Banyan Drive.

Braxton, who hailed from Huntingdon, Penn., was a UH Hilo performing arts major who also wrote for the school newspaper, Ke Kalahea.  Friends and family are hoping state lawmakers will introduce “Ted’s Law,” which would permanently ban those convicted of drunk driving related negligent homicide from holding driver’s licenses.

The manslaughter charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment.

3 replies
  1. Ken
    Ken says:

    Is he acting as his own lawyer, or does he have either a paid for or public defender?

    At least there is video of this terrible senseless act.

    A good way to insure a drunk like this guy never drives after murdering someone while driving drunk is to just simply put him away for life.

    Remember too – not once cent of insurance wither.

  2. dd
    dd says:

    until we break the alcohol culture this will happen again and again. It seems a majority of people cannot have a good time without some sort of alcohol. I mean look at the ads on tv. vodka, tequilla, whiskey, beer, wine and such showing everyone happy and laughing. Not showing someone puking their guts out or beating anything in their way, it is such a fantasy that alcohol is good and fun.
    Many people brag how they don’t even remember driving home. My family including me have suffered greatly with the addiction to this evil sprit.

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