HONOKAA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii County Police have identified two women killed in a car accident last night and the man accused of running their van off the road also appeared in court today.
The suspect is 30-year-old Alfred Berdon III and he has a history of violence and bad driving.
Alfred Berdon III appeared in court wearing shackles around his wrists and ankles. He is facing two counts of negligent homicide, four counts of negligent injury, and DUI all while he had a suspended license and no insurance.
The victims were landscapers with Puna Certified Nursery. They were returning to Kurtistown from a work site in Waikoloa.
Hawaii County Police say Berdon was driving on Mamalahoa Highway near Hamakua. He was in a red Nissan truck when he passed the van and ran it off the road.
Nine people were in the van including 61 year old Josefina Visaya and 54 year old Patrocinia Cadang who were killed. Four others were hospitalized, three critically. The three other passengers were treated and released.
Officers say speed and alcohol were both factors.
To make it worse Berdon had a 7 year old child in the truck with him. The boy was not seriously hurt. Berdon was not injured.
"I feel for the victims because you know because of his negligence and his stupidity he take life and that is just, he got to be held accountable for what he do," said Emma Berdon, suspect's aunt.
Berdon's aunt blames a drinking and drug problem.
Court records show it's not Berdon's first run in with the law. Nearly five years ago to the day he was involved in a road rage case where he punched a man in glasses so hard he lost his eye. Berdon was convicted of felony assault and sentenced to one year in prison and five years probation.
He's also had another DUI and at least five speeding tickets. He's also been sued for assault and had temporary restraining orders issued against him for harassment.
"For me Alfred III has always been trouble from the word go," said Berdon.
She wishes the public would come down harder on drinking and driving, especially repeat offenders.
"I'm a mom and if that was my children that got hurt or killed because somebody did that before and got away with it and still doing it I would be very upset. To the point of where's the justice in all of this? It could have been avoided," said Emma Berdon.
Berdon's aunt says Alfred III has two children now and thought he would grow up but says apparently he hasn't.