A man has been formally charged with deliberately driving a vehicle into a female suspect he was engaged in an altercation with in Aiea, according to court documents.
The accused, who has been identified as 25-year-old Kaleo Akana, allegedly caused bodily harm to the woman when he drove a car into her on Saturday morning.
According to an affidavit filed by the Honolulul Police Department, Akana had been arguing with the woman when the incident occurred. Witnesses reported that Akana had driven his vehicle directly at the female and ultimately collided into her.
The victim was taken to a local hospital where she was treated for minor injuries, while Akana was arrested and charged with first-degree assault by vehicle. He remains in police custody and is scheduled to appear in court later this week.
The Honolulu Police Department is still investigating the incident, and it remains unclear what the argument was about.
The Honolulu County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has formally charged Akana with first-degree assault by vehicle, a felony offense. If convicted, Akana could face up to five years in prison and a significant fine.
The accused is scheduled to appear in court later this week for a hearing where a judge will consider the evidence against him. It is not yet known whether Akana will be released on bail or remain in police custody until his trial.
In the meantime, the Honolulu Police Department continues to investigate the incident, and is appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the altercation to come forward.
In a statement, the Honolulu County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said: “We will use every legal means available to ensure that the accused is brought to justice.”