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Manslaughter indictment for woman accused of deadly DUI crash

Kristin Mancao Kristin Mancao
Gomes' crushed Corvette Gomes' crushed Corvette
Vickie Kapp Vickie Kapp

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Calling her a major offender, prosecutors on Thursday obtained a manslaughter indictment against a Makakilo woman accused of a deadly DUI crash.

Nine months after the violent collision in Kapolei, prosecutors presented evidence to an Oahu grand jury. Originally a negligent homicide case, the panel indicted Kristin Mancao on the more serious charge.

If convicted of manslaughter, Mancao faces up to 20 years in prison.

On July 25, 2009, prosecutors say the 27-year-old was speeding excessively on Fort Barrette Road, disregarded a red light, and entered the Kapolei Parkway intersection. There, her SUV broadsided and crushed a Corvette.

The driver of the Corvette, Dean Gomes, 52, of Ewa Beach, died at the scene.

Prosecutors say Mancao's blood-alcohol level was 0.17 -- more than twice the legal limit -- an hour-and-a-half after the crash.

"Because of the offense charged, she is considered a major offender," Vickie Kapp, deputy prosecutor, said. "She was going at a rate of speed of some 74 miles per hour in a 30 mile-per-hour zone."

Mancao's bail is set at $50,000.

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