3 weeks after a triple-fatal crash, loved ones reinforce call to end drunk driving

Weeks after a deadly Kakaako crash, loved one gather in emotional call for action 2

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii organized a gathering at the Hawaii Convention Center billed as a healing and inspirational event for the victims of the Kakaako crash.

VASH president Jessica Lani Rich told the people in attendance it was "sadness stepping into action."

On January 28 the driver of a speeding truck plowed into people waiting for the crossing signal at Ala Moana Boulevard and Kamakee Street.

Three were killed, including Oahu doctor Travis Lau.

His widow called the act that took his life and injured several people "completely shocking and senseless."

"They had no way of defending themselves. They had no way of jumping out of the way," she said.

Lau and others at the VASH event called for enforceable legislation to combat drunk driving.

"Drunk driving crashes are sudden, violent and devastating to the family whose loved ones have been killed," said Theresa Paulette of Mothers Against Drunk Driving Hawaii.

Lianna McCurdy survived the crash.

Her parents said she's healing physically, but like others involved in the horrific incident it's very difficult emotionally.

"They saw what happened. It's like a bomb going off in a crowd. Their friends were killed. It's horrendous," Debbie McCurdy said.

Alins Sumang, 27, is charged with three counts of manslaughter. Police say he was driving drunk at the time of the crash.

Lau said Hawaii needs to move beyond accepting drunk driving as "just the way it is."

"This should not be a matter of if it's going to happen again. I think it's a matter of when it's going to happen again," she said. "It's good to know that people care but we don't need just thoughts and prayers -- we need to take action."

Paul McCurdy said he's tired of seeing bills to crack down on traffic violators like red light runners get watered down or killed by politicians.

"Nobody has the strength of character to do the right thing. I hope people recognize an irresponsible action can create so much pain so far away for such a long time," he said.

A 47-year-old visitor from Japan and 26-year-old mainland resident Casimir Pokorny were also killed.

Debbie McCurdy has been in touch with his mom.

“Cazi’s mom back there in Philadelphia is numb. Her son is on a vacation in Hawaii, the ultimate vacation. It’s unimaginable that you would be killed,” she said.

The gathering came on the same day as Oahu’s latest traffic fatality, in which police believe alcohol was involved.

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