Driver who killed two people avoids jail time

Tiati Kane
Tiati Kane
William Sua
William Sua

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

KANEOHE (KHNL) - Emotions ran high Wednesday at the sentencing of a driver who took the lives of two young people.

The woman who caused the August 2006 crash in Hauula avoided jail time. The victims' family members are outraged.

The weight of two deaths on her shoulders, Tiati Kane crumbles as the victims' families express their grief.

"I miss him so much, day and night," Saane Kauvaka, victim's mother, said through tears.

Kauvaka's son, Orem Benson Kauvaka, 16, died after a car slammed into him along Kamehameha Highway in Hauula. Summer Mau, 19, was also killed.

"To have to go there to the scene and hold my daughter while she was passing away," Shelly Mau, victim's mother, said through tears.

"No matter what I can say or what I do or what even happens to me at the end of the consequences and the sentences, it could never bring back the Maus' and Kauvakas' son and daughter," Kane said.

The victims were among a group of people mourning two other teens who were killed in a crash at the same site earlier that day.

"I could never forgive you," William Sua, victims' friend, said. "There's so many people in this room right now that want to hurt you right now."

"Your honor, I'm going to object at this point," Kane's attorney said.

"That's okay. Let him talk," Kane instructed.

Kane did not have alcohol or drugs in her system at the time of the incident.

"Go ahead. I won't fight," she said through tears. "Beat me. Hurt me 'cause I know, if it could make you feel better, take my life."

A court-appointed doctor determined Kane was suffering from bipolar disorder and may have been impaired due to stress.

The 23-year-old claims she was fleeing from three men, who assaulted and robbed her, when she lost control of her car. Prosecutors say they found no evidence of that.

"They could never know the blame, the guilt, the hurt and the trauma that I have," Kane said.

Saying nothing will bring the victims back, the judge grants Kane's request for a deferral, keeping her out of jail. She must continue mental health treatment and pay the victims' families restitution.