Big Island man ordered to pay $800K for hitting pedestrian

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — A Big Island man has been ordered to pay more than $800,000 after he was convicted of hitting a runner while driving under the influence twice within a 24-hour period.

West Hawaii Today reports 70-year-old Nicholas Martin was determined to be responsible for Robert LaMarca’s medical expenses during a restitution hearing Friday.

Martin was sentenced last year to five years in prison after he was convicted of DUI and first-degree negligent injury for striking LaMarca in December 2017.

LaMarca sustained a traumatic brain injury and other severe injuries that left him in a coma for a month.

Defense attorney Brian De Lima objected to the restitution amount, saying LaMarca has not made a demand of payment.

De Lima says he plans to appeal the ruling.

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