October 19, 2010 – Waikiki, HI – The Honolulu Advertiser reports that a Hawaii bus driver has pled guilty to a fatal bus accident that took place in June 2006.
Steven S. Oshiro, 50, pled no contest to charges of manslaughter for killing Corey Voss, 41, while driving a Roberts Hawaii tour bus that crossed the center line of Kamehameha Highway before slamming into Voss’ SUV. Authorities believe Oshiro had been driving under the influence of crystal methamphetamine.
That wasn’t the only bus accident Oshiro was involved in that day. Just 8 ½ hours before killing Voss, he was involved in another collision with a city bus. It was a minor accident with no injuries.
From there, Oshiro went on to pick up a group of 50 to 60 teachers, chaperones and marching students from Olathe East High School in Kansas to take them to the Polynesian Cultural Center. Witnesses on the bus say that he was driving erratically.
While sentencing won’t be until April 2011, Oshiro is facing a $50,000 fine and up to 20 years prison time. If a plea agreement is reached, he could be eligible for parole after serving 10 years. He is currently being held without bail pending his sentencing hearing.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2008 Crash Statistics, there were 107 fatalities as a result of traffic accidents in Hawaii.
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Common accidents include, but are not limited to:
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- accidents caused by aggressive driving or distracted drivers.
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