Woman thrown from dirt bike is charged with the death of 73-year-old pedestrian
WAILUKU — A 20-yearold woman has been indicted on charges including manslaughter in connection with a crash that killed a 73year-old pedestrian last year.
Paula Miranda, who is also known as Paula Kahue Miranda and Paula Kahue, has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter, reckless driving and driving without a license.
She was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail at the Maui Community Correctional Center.
The crash occurred the afternoon of July 27, 2016, when Miranda drove a Honda dirt bike without stopping at a stop sign on Kahawai Street in Wailuku and tried to turn right onto Market Street, police said. She lost control of the bike, which crossed the road, jumped the curb and hit a bridge railing, police reported.
Miranda was thrown from the bike and went over the railing, falling 25 to 30 feet down into the Wailuku River, police said. The bike continued along Market Street, hitting Molokai resident Charles Kaahanui as he was walking on the sidewalk, police said.
He was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
In court Thursday, Deputy Public Defender William “Pili” McGrath asked that Miranda be released from jail on supervision.
He said she lives in Happy Valley, where the crash occurred, and has no prior criminal record.
Deputy Prosecutor Jeffery Temas asked that bail continue at $20,000 for Miranda.
Second Circuit Judge Rhonda Loo maintained the bail amount.