HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A Big Island man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for causing a 2012 traffic collision that killed two women and injured seven other people.
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports that 33-year-old Alfred Berdon III was sentenced Monday. He pleaded no contest to negligent homicide and negligent injury charges in connection with the Hamakua crash.
Police say Berdon collided with a van carrying seven Puna Certified Nursery workers while trying to pass the vehicle in his pickup truck. The van veered off the road and plunged down a 15-foot embankment.
Fifty-four-year-old Patrocinia Cadang and 61-year-old Josefina Visaya were killed in the crash. Three other women were seriously injured and four others sustained minor injuries.
Berdon apologized in court Monday for his actions.