Sheriffs scramble to separate deadly hit and run suspect from victim's brother

Sheriffs scramble to separate deadly hit and run suspect from victim's brother
George Feleunga
George Feleunga
Kanani Kane
Kanani Kane
Valerie Wright
Valerie Wright
Kimo Kane
Kimo Kane

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The brother of a motorcyclist killed in a hit-and-run crash in Waipahu last year headed straight for the defendant during a court hearing Monday, forcing a team of sheriffs to step in.

Siaosi Feleunga appeared before a judge and asked to be released from jail pending trial. That request didn't sit well with the crash victim's family.

Nearly a year after her brother's sudden death, Kanani Kane faced the accused killer.

"No family should go through the pain George Feleunga has caused," she said through tears. "George Feleunga has shown no remorse."

Prosecutors say Siaosi Feleunga, also known as George, fled the scene after a motorcycle collided with his truck near Waipahu Intermediate last December. The motorcyclist, Lindsay Kane, 47, died.

The victim's sister flew in from California, postponing hip surgery, to fight the defendant's motion for supervised release.

"Can you?" the judge asked as Valerie Wright struggled to get on the witness stand.

"I'll do it," Wright replied through tears of pain.

Feleunga says he wants to get out of jail and participate in a treatment program at Habilitat while he awaits trial.

But Kane's family argued the defendant -- who's charged with negligent homicide, failure to render aid, and driving with a suspended license following multiple DUI convictions -- is a flight risk and a danger to the community.

"He will flee the island and we will never find him," Wright said. "This man is a menace."

For the crash victim's oldest brother, the anger boiled over.

"If you guys let him out, I hope he will bang your family and you will feel what I feel," Kimo Kane said to the judge. "If you let him out, he gonna kill again."

Then, instead of returning to his seat in the gallery, Kimo Kane headed straight for the defense table as his sisters pleaded with him to stop.

"Kimo, Kimo, Kimo," they cried out.

Kimo Kane exchanged words with Feleunga.

"Oh, now you say sorry?" he asked.

"No, please be seated," the judge demanded.

"Let me talk my piece," Kimo Kane yelled.

After restoring order, Circuit Judge Karen Ahn denied the defense's request for supervised release and had this message.

"We have a wonderful system. Under our system, Mr. Feleunga is presumed innocent," Ahn said. "I know it's hard for the family to accept that, but that is our system."

Feleunga's trial is scheduled to begin in January.

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