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Driver pleads no contest to killing two people in 2006 crash

Summer-Lynn Mau Summer-Lynn Mau
Orem Kauvaka Orem Kauvaka
Tiati Kane Tiati Kane
Shelly Mau Shelly Mau
Ross Mau Ross Mau

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

KANEOHE (KHNL) - A driver charged with killing two young people in a crash in Hauula two-and-a-half years ago changed her plea during an emotional court hearing Tuesday.

Grieving family members are upset about the sentence the driver might receive.

Gripping a picture of her daughter, Shelly Mau tells us time doesn't heal all wounds.

"Living the nightmare over and over again," the victim's mother said through tears. "And I cry every night. Last night was no exception."

Summer Mau, 20, and Orem Kauvaka, 16, died in August 2006, after a car slammed into them along Kamehameha Highway in Hauula. They were among a group of people mourning two teens who were killed in a crash at the same site earlier that day.

"It was just like her to be there," Shelly Mau said about her daughter. "And I don't blame her for being there, although I have a lot of regrets from that night."

Nearly two-and-a-half years later, the driver of the car that hit Mau and Kauvaka gives up her court fight.

"No contest," Tiati Kane, defendant, told the judge.

Kane, 23, tearfully pleads to two counts of negligent homicide and one count of negligent injury.

"Guilty, not guilty or no contest?" the judge asked.

"No contest, your honor," she replied through tears.

The negligent homicide charges are misdemeanors because Kane did not have alcohol or drugs in her system at the time of the incident. The maximum punishment for each count is one year in jail.

"People who do other crimes that, you know, don't take people's lives but they face steeper sentencing," Ross Mau, victim's father, said. "That's what me and my wife don't understand."

"That's not justice," Shelly Mau said.

Kane's sentencing is scheduled for next week Wednesday.

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