Judge reduces jail term for deadly driver from 10 months to 30 days

By Minna Sugimoto

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A driver responsible for a fatal crash in Kaaawa two years ago has convinced a judge to reduce his jail sentence from 10 months to 30 days, according to city prosecutors.

Troy Matsui crashed his work truck into a motorcycle on Kamehameha Highway in May 2009.  The motorcyclist, Mark Lamm, 49, was killed.

Circuit Judge Ed Kubo originally sentenced the deadly driver to 10 months in jail and a one-year driver's license suspension.  But Matsui later filed a motion for reconsideration, asking the same judge to re-think that punishment.

After months of having the matter under advisement, the judge decided to cut down the jail term to 30 days and will not require Matsui to begin serving that sentence until January 6th, according to the prosecutor's office.

Police say the crash did not involve speed or alcohol.  The case was classified as third-degree negligent homicide.

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