Man sentenced to 20 years in Makaha bus stop death

Man sentenced to 20 years in Makaha bus stop death

WAIANAE, Hawaii (AP) - A driver who was suspected of being drunk when he plowed his vehicle into a West Oahu bus stop shelter and killed a 3-year-old boy has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Potasi Uta Jr. was sentenced Wednesday in state court after pleading guilty to negligent homicide and fleeing the scene of an accident. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser says the 44-year-old man will begin serving his sentence after he completes time remaining on a 10-year sentence for a 2004 burglary conviction.

Ashton Brown died at the bus stop alongside Makaha Beach in March. 4 of his family members were also injured. His father was across the street setting up camp for the reportedly homeless family.

Prosecutors say Uta was drunk at the time of the crash.

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