Woman accused in fatal bus stop crash released on bail

Hauula crash suspect appears in court
Published: Dec. 23, 2017 at 8:19 PM HST|Updated: Dec. 28, 2017 at 6:13 PM HST
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Vika Unga, 36 (Image: eCrim)
Vika Unga, 36 (Image: eCrim)
(Image: Charleen Pina)
(Image: Charleen Pina)
(Image: Charleen Pina)
(Image: Charleen Pina)

HAUULA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The suspect in a deadly crash on Oahu's North Shore has been released after posting $11,000 bail Thursday.

Vika Unga, 36, made her first appearance in court Thursday for the crash near Hauula Kai Shopping Center on Saturday.

Police say she was traveling northbound on Kamehameha Highway when she veered left, crossed the center line and slammed into a bus stop on the opposite side of the road.

Police say Unga fled the scene, while her passenger 34-year-old David Kinikini, stayed and told officers he was the driver.

Kinikini was charged with hindering prosecution and released after posting $2,000 bail.

Four hours after the crash, Unga turned herself into authorities at the Kahuku Police station and identified herself as the driver.

The crash killed a 61-year-old Oregon man. A 55-year-old Oregon woman sitting at the bus stop was also seriously injured.

"How horrible, not only for their sake the victims, but it could have been me," said Hauula resident Jim Parker.

Parker says he often sits and waits at the same bus stop and the facts surrounding the crash have left him feeling uneasy.

"It does sound fishy if she fled the scene," Parker said. "I wonder if she had been drinking and didn't want to be tested or whatever."

Sources say Kinikini told Unga to flee the scene. The two were dating.

One witness described the horrific sight after leaving one of the stores.

"I came out of Longs and heard the big crunch and when I looked, the car ... slammed into the bus stop and there was a man there and he went down, and this lady went flying," Hauula resident Charleen Pina said. "A tree went on the line, it was horrible."

"My heart just sank when I saw it," Pina added. "So horrible just before Christmas and to see that, it just was a lot and my prayers go out to the man and the lady and all involved."

Court records show a lengthy list of Unga's past traffic violations including driving without a license and insurance, speeding, disregarding stop signs and not wearing a seat belt. In 2007, she was convicted of DUI.

Traffic was rerouted through the Hauula Kai Shopping Center parking lot. The highway reopened around 5:45 p.m.

The investigation is ongoing.

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