HONOLULU -- A dramatic confrontation took place in court Monday, between a man who left a motorcyclist to die in the road and the victim’s angry family.
Lindsay Kane died on December 29, 2008, after his motorcycle was struck by a truck driven by Siaosi Feleunga. Feleunga was driving despite having his license revoked for life because of chronic drunk driving.
Feleunga left the scene of the accident and was arrested several days later. His arrest led to another charge, from a woman who recognized Feleunga as the man who’d struck her car and fled six months before Kane died.
In Feleunga's plea agreement with prosecutors, he accepted a 10-year sentence for failing to render aid to Kane. In return, prosecutors agreed to seek no additional jail time for his prior offenses.
"To me, 10 years is a slap in the face," said Kane's sister, Davilynn Kebo. "You took a life you should serve life. We will haunt you as long as you are alive," Kebo said.
Feleunga was preparing to apologize to the Kane family, when the entire family stood up and left the courtroom.
Feleunga spoke directly to the judge instead. "I like the family to know that I am not this punk that my record and the media makes me out to be,"Feleunga said. "I am a caring person. This was just an accident that I wish never had happened."