HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An Oahu judge on Tuesday reduced the punishment for a driver who caused a deadly crash in Hauula three years ago.
Eric Wycklendt was scheduled to begin serving a one-year jail term Wednesday. But the US Marine asked Circuit Judge Michael Wilson to reconsider that sentence.
Wycklendt was at the wheel of a seven-ton Marine Corps transport truck that crossed the center line of Kamehameha Highway and crushed a minivan. The driver of the minivan, Vicki Norman, 57, was killed.
"I have learned that as a result of this particular incident, changes have been made to protect the community. I note that there is a new route that is used for these vehicles so that the community is more safe," Judge Wilson said. "More experienced personnel are driving these vehicles now."
Wycklendt has no prior criminal record, and was not intoxicated or speeding.
The judge granted his request for a deferral and ordered him to serve 30 days in jail. The reduction upset the victim's grieving family.