Local man sentenced to 15 years in fatal traffic accident

| September 30, 2011 | 0 Comments

A Molokai man was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Sept. 7 for a fatal collision five years ago on Maui.

Curtis Wright, 27, of Kaunakakai, had pleaded no contest to first-degree negligent homicide and first-degree negligent injury in the Aug. 25, 2006 crash.

A police traffic investigation determined Wright’s blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent, and he was driving at least 70 mph in a 45-mph zone on Kuihelani Highway when his rental sedan rear-ended a three-wheeler Harley-Davidson motorcycle that was stopped at a red light at the Waiko Road intersection.

Thirty-eight-year-old Filbert Carvalho Jr. was operating the motorcycle, with his wife, Leilani, as a passenger.

Second Circuit Judge Rhonda Loo also mentioned in court that a few months after the fatal collision, in March 2007, Wright was arrested for drunken driving and later convicted.

Wright was ordered to pay $34,179 in restitution.

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