Hit-run driver gets 10 years
By Jim Dooley
Advertiser Staff Writer
Three-time convicted drunk driver Siaosi Feleunga will be off Hawai'i's roads for up to 10 years.
In a hearing before Circuit Judge Karen Ahn, Feleunga, 32, admitted crashing his truck into the motorcycle of Lindsey Kane on Farrington Highway in Waipahu on Dec. 29, 2008.
Kane died of injuries suffered in the collision.
Feleunga pleaded guilty to a felony charge of fleeing the scene without rendering aid to Kane, and to charges of second-degree negligent homicide and driving while his license was suspended due to an earlier DUI conviction.
Feleunga, aka "One Eye George," also admitted guilt to two unrelated misdemeanor charges of second-degree terroristic threatening and leaving the scene of an accident.
In a plea deal reached with prosecutors, Feleunga agreed to serve a maximum prison sentence of 10 years.
"We're going to go to the Parole Board to make sure he stays in prison for the full 10 years," said Deputy Prosecutor Franklin "Don" Pacarro Jr.
Ahn will hold a sentencing hearing March 22.
"This is a person who's been running from the system for years, but it finally caught up with him," Pacarro said.
When Feleunga's truck smashed into Kane, at least two bench warrants for Feleunga's arrest had been outstanding since October 2006, according to court records.
The warrants were issued after Feleunga failed to appear in court to prove that he had complied with sentences handed down in three earlier drunken-driving convictions.
The warrants were not served until January 2009, after Feleunga was arrested following Kane's death.
Unserved arrest warrants are a chronic problem for law enforcement here.