Sunday, March 29, 2015

A 41-year-old Hilo man has been indicted for manslaughter in connection with a May 28 traffic collision that killed a 22-year-old University of Hawaii at Hilo student.

Keolaokalani Kailianu was also charged with negligent homicide, DUI and leaving the scene of an accident involving death or serious injury in the four-count indictment handed down June 8 by a Hilo grand jury.

Police say Kailianu was drunk and driving a 2007 Ford van south on Kinoole Street when he made a left turn onto Hualalai Street, failed to yield right-of-way and struck a northbound mo-ped driven by 22-year-old Ted Braxton.

Kailianu allegedly dragged Braxton and the mo-ped east on Hualalai Street, until Braxton was dislodged at the corner of Hualalai and Mauna Kea Street. He then allegedly fled the scene and drove to Banyan Drive, where police reportedly found the mo-ped still attached to the van's undercarriage.

Braxton, a performing arts major originally from Pennsylvania, was later pronounced dead that night at Hilo Medical Center.

A bench warrant set Kailianu's bail at $20,000.

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Huntingdon and its surrounding area are beautiful nature as you know from Raystown Teddy's beloved Belly Acres in Hawaii.  For one so young, he was an incredible "philosopher" about the relationship of all life forms.  Thank you so much!!

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Ms. Braxton, As a former  Snyder County  resident and outdoorsman, my favorite place was Raystown Lake.  The people in the Huntington area are good people and I'm sure your grandson was one of them.  May God bless him and his family.

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Thank you so much for your kind words.

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Sorry beyond words for your family's loss, Lara. Ted was an amazing kid.
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My dearly beloved grandson's life ended at 22 years.  He loved Hawaii and CHOSE it for HIS HOME.  He wanted to give back to his community.  We ALL have a responsibility to not let Teddy's senseless death be put forth as anything but what it is, a terrible death for a gentle, caring young man. Our family will grieve for him and be haunted by the horrific nature of his death for all our days.  

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$20 K  bail ??   And he's not a danger to society?  HOLY  MOLY !!

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