Police: Driver in triple-fatal pedestrian crash smelled strongly of alcohol

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Updated: Jan. 31, 2019 at 6:09 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The 27-year-old driver at the center of one of the state’s deadliest pedestrian crashes in more than a decade smelled strongly of alcohol after the crash and was belligerent with first responders, according to newly-filed court documents.

Alins Sumang’s made his initial court appearance Thursday in connection with the triple-fatal crash. He’s been charged with three counts of manslaughter, and his bail was confirmed Thursday at $1 million.

Sumang, who was released Wednesday from the hospital, largely looked at the floor during his court appearance. He didn’t address the judge.

Police say Sumang was speeding and under the influence of alcohol when he lost control of pickup truck he was driving and plowed into a group of pedestrians on a traffic island at Kamakee Street and Ala Moana Boulevard.

Sumang also hit another truck before coming to a stop.

Of the six pedestrians who were hit, three were pronounced dead at the scene. The other three were taken to hospitals, with the most severely injured in critical condition.

[Read more: Driver of truck that plowed into group of pedestrians, killing 3, faces manslaughter charges]

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The driver of the pickup truck that Sumang’s vehicle hit was also critically injured.

In the new court documents, police say that Sumang smelled strongly of alcohol after the crash and was slurring his speech. An officer could smell alcohol on Sumang’s breath from a foot away and also saw a half empty glass bottle of vodka in the truck’s front passenger floorboard, the documents said.

At the crash site Wednesday, mourners added to a growing memorial with lei, flowers and mementos.

“This is as bad as it gets," said Lt. Gov. Josh Green, a vigil for the victims Wednesday night.

“It’s tragic and these kinds of things can be stopped. We can’t tolerate any drunk driving. We have to have the toughest laws in the land. We have to protect these dads and moms from losing their loved ones.”

The three killed in the crash included a 39-year-old Honolulu doctor. Also killed: A 26-year-old film and music producer from Pennsylvania and a 47-year-old woman visiting from Japan.

Witnesses described a horrific scene in the moments after the crash, with bodies scattered across the road and first responders and bystanders rushing to the aid of those who were hit.

City traffic cameras captured images of emergency personnel quickly beginning CPR on those lying in the roadway.

The crash brought the number of traffic fatalities on Oahu so far this year to eight.

This story will be updated.

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