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Driver in deadly Wahiawa crash appears in court

Published On: Oct 30 2012 11:03:05 AM HST
Updated On: Oct 31 2012 08:55:08 AM HST

Police say the man suspected of causing a fiery four-car collision that killed another person over the weekend had a strong odor of an alcohol on his breath.

HONOLULU -

A 29-year-old man charged with first-degree negligent homicide in connection with a crash in Wahiawa early Sunday morning that killed a man appeared in court Tuesday.

Donald Halleron is being held on $200,000 bail.  He was also charged with drunken driving, driving without a license and two contempt counts.

Police say four cars were involved in the collision with one car badly burned after it caught on fire.  The driver of the car was burned beyond recognition and pronounced dead at the scene.

Two other people were hospitalized in serious condition.  Four others were taken to the hospital in stable condition.

"From what we understand, vehicles were on the shoulder waiting out the tsunami.  The white pickup truck came at a high rate of speed," said Lt. Bobby Towne of the HPD Traffic Division.

Investigators say alcohol may have also played a factor in the crash.

This was the 51st traffic fatality on Oahu compared with 46 at the same time last year.

Halleron is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on Thursday.

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