Manslaughter charges for deaths of 3 Honolulu pedestrians

HONOLULU — A suspected drunken driver police say plowed into a crowded Honolulu intersection and killed three people has been charged with manslaughter.

Alins Sumang didn’t speak during a brief court appearance Thursday. He stood handcuffed and surrounded by deputy sheriffs.

He’s being held on $1 million bail.

Prosecutors say he recklessly caused the deaths of Casimir Pokorny of Pennsylvania, Reino Ikeda of Japan and William Lau of Honolulu. Police say speed and alcohol appeared to factors in Monday’s crash. Police Chief Susan Ballard says it’s one of Honolulu’s deadliest pedestrian crashes.

Sumang was represented in court by the public defender’s office. State Public Defender Jack Tonaki says it’s too early to comment. His office is still sorting out whether they will continue to represent Sumang.


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