No contest plea in car injury case

LIHUE — A Koloa man pleaded no contest in a negligent injury case involving a motor vehicle Monday in 5th Circuit Court.

Robert Gaor Dela Cruz, 34, was arrested on Feb. 14, 2013, on a charge of first-degree negligent injury. The charge was for causing serious bodily injury to Danny Smith by the operation of a vehicle in a negligent manner.

By the time the case came to circuit court via felony information on Dec. 20, 2013, additional charges of inattention to driving, possession of methamphetamine and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia were added to the criminal complaint.

Judge Kathleen Watanabe presided as Dela Cruz pleaded. The state agrees to dismiss charges of inattention to driving, meth and drug paraphernalia in exchange for the no-contest plea to the higher charge.

Dela Cruz remains out of custody on $3,100 bail/bond. Sentencing is set for Jan. 7.

0 Comments

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, send us an email.