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Friend of drunk driving victim seeks to change state laws

Karla Ahn Karla Ahn
The petition for Ted's Law The petition for Ted's Law
Ted Braxton Ted Braxton

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A classmate of a Hilo man killed by a drunk driver wants to make a drastic change to Hawaii's drunk driving laws.

Karla Ahn was a UH Hilo classmate of 22-year-old Ted Braxton.

Braxton was killed on May 28 while riding his moped. According to Hilo police, Keolaokalani Kailianu ran into Braxton with his van while driving drunk.

Now, Ahn is on Oahu with a mission to try to persuade lawmakers to put some teeth into Hawaii's DUI laws.

"I want to have a proposal through the state legislature that any person who operates a vehicle while intoxicated, alcohol or any other substance, and maims or kills someone else would lose their driving privileges for the rest of their natural lives," said Ahn.

Ahn wants to call it Ted's Law, in honor of her fallen friend and wants people to sign a petition in a show of support.

Ahn has also e-mailed every member of the state legislature and hopes to have the proposal on the agenda for the next session.

Meanwhile, Kailianu has been charged with negligent homicide, driving drunk and fleeing the scene.

Anyone interested in signing Ahn's petition can print it out HERE.

Petitions can be mailed to the following:

Karla Ahn
P.O. Box 10001
Hilo, HI 96721

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