KPD: Suspected driver in a deadly Kauai crash could face negligent homicide charge

KPD: Suspected driver in a deadly Kauai crash could face negligent homicide charge
The investigation is ongoing. (Source: Hawaii News Now/file)

KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Over a week since a deadly traffic crash on Kauai, police are releasing new information about the suspected driver.

On Tuesday, they said 39-year-old Llewellyn Hoopii of Oahu was arrested last week in connection to the fatal crash on Feb. 11.

Hoopii was booked on suspicion of negligent homicide in the first degree.

He was allegedly the driver of the white SUV that crossed the center line in an attempt to overtake another vehicle.

In the attempt, he swerved back to avoid an oncoming vehicle, hitting a silver SUV in the south-bound lane of Kuhio Highway.

The impact caused Hoopii to lose control and crash into a utility pole. 50-year-old Nick Garza of Oahu was a passenger in the vehicle.

Authorities said he was ejected from the vehicle and later died. Hoopii was taken to Wilcox Hospital with critical injuries.

He has since been released pending investigation.

Police said it was the third traffic fatality on Kauai in 2019.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help offset funeral expenses.

Nick Garza, 50, of Oahu was killed in the crash on Kauai, Monday.
Nick Garza, 50, of Oahu was killed in the crash on Kauai, Monday. (Source: GoFundMe Page)

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