EXCLUSIVE: Driver in deadly Kailua boating accident cited

EXCLUSIVE: Driver in deadly Kailua boating accident cited
Published: Feb. 5, 2016 at 3:09 AM HST|Updated: Feb. 5, 2016 at 5:32 AM HST
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Brian Amona
Brian Amona

KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state Department of Land and Natural Resources has filed a criminal complaint against the driver of the boat that killed a Kailua diver last month.

Sai Hansen, 41, of Kailua was cited Thursday for operating a motor vessel without a license. If convicted, he faces up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine.

Hansen was the driver of the 24-foot orange Zodiac that struck and killed 59-year-old Sri Shim on Jan. 9 while he was diving. Shim's stepson, Trey Albrecht, was also hit and suffered severe cuts to his arm.

Brian Amona, a longtime friend of the Shim family, said there have been numerous complaints about an orange Zodiac speeding around in the area.

"Up and down Lanikai, and he's been a real hazard to swimmers," Amona said.

Hansen declined comment.

Officials with the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, which issued the citation, could not be reached for comment.

Friends and family of the victim wonder why it took nearly a month for this criminal complaint to be filed. They also hope the investigation doesn't end here.

"The feeling right now is that nothing has been done and when something happens on the road, we get action but as far as the ocean we're not getting answers," said Amona.

Hansen will make his initial appearance at Kaneohe District Court on Feb. 16.

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