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Woman gets 18 months for deadly car accident - News

There are 91 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Feb 19, 2009, titled Woman gets 18 months for deadly car accident - News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

A 27-year-old former Kapolei woman was sentenced yesterday to 18 months in prison for first-degree negligent homicide in the 2007 death of a decorated Vietnam War veteran.

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gimme a break

Kaneohe, HI

#1 Feb 19, 2009
Shame on the so called judge for such a slap on the wrist. Shame on this stupid wahinee for spreading her legs so that she will give birth in prison. Shame on this wahinee. She showed no remorse, no anguish, no nothing on the TV news reports. Stupig judge should be disbarred for being stupid and ignorant of reality.
Enough

Honolulu, HI

#2 Feb 19, 2009
Once again we have a DUI case that has lasted two years and cost the taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars. The result, 18 months for a life. When will this state and others get serious about DUIs. There will be little deterant to those that drink and drive until the consequences are painful enough to really hurt. A manditory sentence for any DUI should be in place to get these people off the streets. A death resulting from a DUI should be treated no differently than someone walking down the street and taking pot shots with a gun. It is the same thing. We want to explain it away as an illness beyond the person's control so it must be excused or mitigated. I say, hogwash. How many more have to die and leave families behind before we say enough??????????
McCain

San Diego, CA

#3 Feb 19, 2009
18 months??
Faye of PA

Norristown, PA

#5 Feb 19, 2009
I think it's a crying shame for a woman who was 3Xs the alochol limit, going 3xs the speed limit and take the life of a man in the process to only receive 18months. Michael Vicks got more than that for funding dog fights and the killing of them, OJ Simpson for life for just threating to kill someone, a man in PA just got 5 years for drunk driving and hitting a lady and breaking her legs. YOU CALL 18 MONTHS JUSTICE???!!! Will serving more than 18months bring this father back, no, but I'm sure the family would feel better knowing that the lost of his life weighed more than that.
Shareholder

Kaneohe, HI

#6 Feb 19, 2009
No excuses for drinking and driving. You do the crime, you do the time.
Bob_Mililani

San Diego, CA

#7 Feb 19, 2009
Years ago, I did some volunteer work with the court system, and while there, a couple of things came to light for me. There are a number of incompetent attorneys and judges in the system, and it is not always equal justice for all. That said, compared to some other countries, our system is a fairly good one.
Unbelievable

Honolulu, HI

#8 Feb 19, 2009
First off, my condolences to the Fuiava family. I cannot imagine the grief that your family is under.
I have lost all faith in the HI judicial system. The argument that she is "genetically susceptible to alcohol" is almost as bad as the pilot a while back got caught drinking before flying. His argument was that he was an alcoholic, so he had a higher tolerance to booze and could still fly. If this woman is in fact "genetically susceptible to alcohol," then what assurances do we have that in 18 months, she'll go right back to drinking and driving, and end up killing my children?? This is just so unreal!
To the State of Hawaii...do we actually pay these judges with taxpayers' monies?? The sentence is not just a slap on the wrist for her, but its a slap in the face for every resident in Hawaii. It clearly sends the message that its okay to drink and drive, because even if you end up killing someone, even with a previous DUI, you'll only get minimum sentence. You may as well discontinue your campaign against drinking and driving, and save us taxpayers a lot of money!
oopsalice

San Diego, CA

#9 Feb 19, 2009
gimme a break wrote:
Shame on the so called judge for such a slap on the wrist. Shame on this stupid wahinee for spreading her legs so that she will give birth in prison. Shame on this wahinee. She showed no remorse, no anguish, no nothing on the TV news reports. Stupig judge should be disbarred for being stupid and ignorant of reality.
I agree, her false tears were shed not in remorse but for herself, she didn't seem to be sorry or remorseful, I don't think she really give a ****. 18 months for taking a life, heck even Twigg-Smith's embezzler got 10 years and she stole money, what a croc of **** this friggin' judge's brain is mush.
Mililani Girl

Honolulu, HI

#10 Feb 19, 2009
Shareholder wrote:
No excuses for drinking and driving. You do the crime, you do the time.
I totally agree with you... What a bunch of kukai, our justice system sucks big time...When will people learn...until it happens to their family? God's speed to the Fuiava family.
Shingle

Ewa Beach, HI

#11 Feb 19, 2009
Unfortunately criminal court has its own guidelines. Civil Court proceedings will be up to the plaintiff family.

Driving insurance; it will always be on her record that she killed someone!
mario

Kihei, HI

#12 Feb 19, 2009
If she is really serious in trading her life, she should support the children's victim financially until they can work.
nomercy

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#13 Feb 19, 2009
i really need to get my hands on the guidebooks that these judges have. how can you sit through such heartbreaking, tearful testimony from a family who's grieving the loss of a loved one, and then turn around and say that the woman who hit and killed that person will respond well to treatment and a light sentence of 18 months??

i don't get it. who cares about the criminal and whether or not she can have a "normal" life after she serves her sentence? the Fuiava family's lives will never be "normal" again. but the judges don't seem to realize that!

and in the meantime, sarah whitford will get to watch her baby grow up and spend everyday with it. the Fuiava family has lost it's strong paternal figure forever. this is not justice.
Heckowee

Kihei, HI

#15 Feb 19, 2009
Too much firewater for the Choctaw.
get real

Honolulu, HI

#16 Feb 19, 2009
My heartfelt sympathies go out ot the FUIAVA family for their loss and for the anguish I can only imagine they are going through by the ridiculous sentence in this case.

Our liberal judges will never get it until it is one of their own that meet a tragic fate as the victim in this case!

So sad, all the way around...
fedup

Honolulu, HI

#17 Feb 19, 2009
The other paper someone commented that the girl's father has strong influence, I wonder how much was dished out under the table so she could get a lighter sentence?
braddah_ro

Honolulu, HI

#19 Feb 19, 2009
My prayer and condolences goes to the FUIAVA family. Our family has known the family for years. Pastor Fuiava has not only touched the lives of those who attended his church in Haleiwa, but also my home church in Waipahu. It breaks my heart to see this person get off so easily... it's awful, heartbreaking and an injustice.

I pray that God will place his watchful hand over the Fuiava Family and Haleiwa church. You are all in our thoughts and prayers!!
go live

Laie, HI

#20 Feb 19, 2009
I thought the father was a minister at a church. Apparently the kids missed the Sunday school lesson on forgiveness. When I saw the story on the news lastnight there was no forgiveness from the daughter...too bad I hope the family finds peace. Im pretty sure that is what the father would want.
alice

Honolulu, HI

#21 Feb 19, 2009
Don't drink if you drive. Simple really.
eggxactly

Honolulu, HI

#22 Feb 19, 2009
go live wrote:
I thought the father was a minister at a church. Apparently the kids missed the Sunday school lesson on forgiveness. When I saw the story on the news lastnight there was no forgiveness from the daughter...too bad I hope the family finds peace. Im pretty sure that is what the father would want.
It's not as easy as one may think. It will take time, lots of time. My prayers to the family that someday you will find peace. As for the drunk driver, knowing you come from a background of alcoholism, you have no business drinking, period. You must be held responsible. I propose that your sentence should include that if you should ever drink and drive again, you shall serve the rest of your life behind bars.
go live

Laie, HI

#23 Feb 19, 2009
eggxactly wrote:
<quoted text>
It's not as easy as one may think. It will take time, lots of time. My prayers to the family that someday you will find peace. As for the drunk driver, knowing you come from a background of alcoholism, you have no business drinking, period. You must be held responsible. I propose that your sentence should include that if you should ever drink and drive again, you shall serve the rest of your life behind bars.
Yes, you are right, but nevertheless it must be done, or it will destroy the family. It was an accident. I know they were just emotionally charged..dag only 18 months now thats crazy

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