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.