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.