Woman thrown from dirt bike is charged with the death of 73-year-old pedes­trian

The Maui News - - NEWS -

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.

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