April 19, 2012 at 8:30 PM HST - Updated June 26 at 6:31 PM
MAALAEA, Hawaii (AP) - A Maui judge has found the state liable for the deaths of 2 people in a car that plunged 150 feet from a scenic overlook in 2005.
Maui Circuit Court Judge Joseph Cardoza on Wednesday issued a 200-page decision finding the state "solely and wholly" liable for the deaths of James Makekau and Denise Callo. Hawaii must pay more than $3.2 million in damages.
A 3-month old girl survived the crash. Rescuers found her crying.
Callo was driving. A medical examiner found she had a blood-alcohol level of 0.27% and had been using marijuana.
The ruling says the state was aware that the old highway was being used as a scenic lookout and there were no barriers to prevent vehicles from going over the cliff.
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