Makiki man charged in woman's death at Nanakuli McDonald's
A Makiki man was charged tonight in the death of a woman during an altercation early yesterday morning at the McDonald's restaurant in Nanakuli.
Albert Birmingham, 36, was charged tonight with one count of first-degree negligent homicide, a class B felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Negligent homicide is defined as a person who causes the death of a person by operating a vehicle in a negligent manner while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
He also was charged with failure to render aid, which also is a class B felony. Birmingham’s bail was set at $150,000 and he is scheduled to make his initial appearance in Honolulu District Court Tuesday morning.
Birmingham initially was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of an intoxicant, driving with a suspended license, having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle, and on a $750 contempt warrant.
The city medical examiner's officer today identified Raelynn Adams, 20, of Makaha, as the woman who was fatally injured she was run over in the drive-through lane of the McDonald’s restaurant in Nanakuli.
Police said Adams and a 15-year-old girl had gotten out of a car parked in the McDonald’s lot in hopes of persuading Adams’ boyfriend to end a confrontation with a man who was driving a car behind him in the drive-through.
Police were told that the driver behind the car carrying Adams and the two others had been honking its horn and telling Adams and the others to hurry up.
Adams' boyfriend, 45, got the food, pulled into the parking lot, got out and went to ask the other driver what the problem was, police said.
Adams and the girl, who police described as a friend of Adams, got out of their car and were trying to urge Adams’ boyfriend to drop the matter when the driver of the other car allegedly accelerated, striking Adams and the girl about 3:05 a.m.
City paramedics took the two to The Queen’s Medical Center, where Adams was pronounced dead. The 15-year-old girl was treated and released.
Adams’ boyfriend was not injured in the incident.
Police said Birmingham, the driver of the other car, fled the scene but was located nearby.