KOLOA — The Lawa‘i man involved in a fatal two-vehicle crash on Christmas Eve on Kaumuali‘i Highway near Knudsen Gap, east of the Maluhia Road junction, was arrested and released Wednesday.
Sandon Igne, 31, was arrested on charges of manslaughter and three counts of Negligent Injury in the First Degree, according to the Kaua‘i Police Department. Igne was released pending further investigation.
According to KPD’s preliminary report, around 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24, Igne, operating a 2011 Toyota Tacoma, was traveling westbound when the truck veered onto the shoulder before crossing back onto the westbound lane and then into the eastbound lane, hitting an oncoming sedan.
According to court records, Igne has faced several traffic infractions and crimes dating back to 2008 through 2019, including delinquent vehicle taxes and speeding tickets.
As a result of last Thursday’s crash rear passenger, 49-year-old Hanama‘ulu resident Eugenia Villanueva, suffered fatal injuries.
A 71-year-old rear passenger suffered serious life-threatening injuries and was medevaced to Queen’s Medical Center on O‘ahu. He is currently in critical but stable condition, according to KPD.
The front passenger of the Nissan sedan, a 19-year-old female of Hanama‘ulu, suffered serious injuries and was admitted to Wilcox Memorial Center. She is currently in stable condition. The 19-year-old driver of the Nissan sedan was also treated and released.
Following the crash, Igne was transported to Wilcox with minor injuries and subsequently released.
The highway was closed in both directions for about four hours for KPD’s Traffic Safety Section to investigate.
Toxicology results are pending to determine if alcohol and/or drugs were a factor. KPD’s Traffic Safety Section continues its investigation. Witnesses are asked to contact KPD Officer Isaiah Sarsona of the Traffic Safety Section at 241-1618.