By Braddah Lance
I'm sure everyone's heard by now about the tragic accident on Sunday in Kaneohe where a Japanese national was trying to make a U-turn and struck two motorcyclists - one died at Castle Medical Center while another remains critical at Queen's.
But did you know the Japanese national was arrested, booked on one count of third-degree negligent homicide and first-degree negligent injury and released yesterday?
Pretty common procedure we hear about all the time but do you know which one is worse? Bet'cha your hale and your junk-a-lunkah car you're wrong. Ready?....... Hold on to your lauhala skirts....
Third-degree negligent homicide is a misdemeanor, while first-degree negligent injury is a class C felony. No joke.....
WASSAP WIT DAT!
Dunno about you but I seriously think that's wrong. How can causing a death be "less" of a crime than injury? Not to sound totally out of line or callous, but you'd think the Japanese national would hope (heaven forbid) that the second motorcyclist passes so that he'd be charged with two MISDEMEANOR's instead of just the one felony.
There are some serious issues with our legal system no? Aren't some crimes just worse than others in the common sense of it all? *Off topic here but just like that stupid law that prevented the Kaide's from living together in the same care home.*
I really feel sorry for the motorcyclist family and friends - anyone who has lost someone tragically - but at the same time too I can emphasized with the Japanese national. Losing a life is never easy but being the one taking it away must be agonizing as well.
Saying this on the err of common sense, the whole incident was an "accident" right? The driver didn't intentionally hit the motorcyclists. So when is an accident just an accident? When does the term "accident" lose it's meaning? When you're the causer, aren't you the only one thinking it was an accident - done totally by mistake? And when you're the one who's lost from it, don't you get defensive and/or want someone to pay dearly whether it be monetary or prison?
So why is that we always comfort our keiki with, "it's ok. It was just an accident."?
It'll be curious how this all plays out, especially since it involves a foreign national.
SHOUT OUT: To the Souza Family in Pearl City, Da WWD! Hui will keep you in our prayers and wish you strength and courage in your time of healing.