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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 4:40 p.m., Friday, December 21, 2007

Man indicted in car wreck that killed four

Advertiser Staff

A driver involved in an April 4, 2006, motor vehicle collision that killed four farmworkers and injured eight more has been indicted with leaving the scene of an accident and with four counts of misdemeanor negligent homicide.

John Joseph Szemkow, 47, a civilian worker at Schofield Barracks, allegedly used "simple negligence" in operating his vehicle and caused the death of Aquilina Polendey, 57, Lorna Laroco, 53, Gertrudis Montano, 59, and Ana Sacalamitao, 46, according to the indictment.

Eight other farm workers in the truck were injured. All were employed by a group of companies owned by businessman Larry Jefts and members of his family.