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Lāwaʿi Man Indicted, Arrested on Charges Related to Fatal Christmas Eve 2020 Crash

Posted January 5, 2022, 8:53 AM HST

A Kauaʻi Grand Jury indicted a Lāwaʿi man on charges related to a Christmas Eve crash in 2020 that left two people dead and one seriously injured.

The indictment against 32-year-old Sandon Igne was filed in 5th Circuit Court on Dec. 27, 2021, for two counts of manslaughter, two counts of second-degree negligent injury, two counts of second-degree negligent homicide, two counts of first-degree negligent homicide, first-degree negligent injury, operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant, inattention of driving, reckless driving, fourth-degree promotion of a harmful drug and prohibited acts related to drug paraphernalia.

A bench warrant was issued for his arrest on Jan. 3, 2022, and Igne was taken into custody on Tuesday, Jan. 4.

On Dec. 24, 2020, Kauaʻi police report Igne was traveling west on Kaumualiʿi Highway in a 2011 Toyota Tacoma when his vehicle veered onto the westbound shoulder. The truck then crossed back over onto the westbound lane and subsequently onto the eastbound lane of the highway where it struck an oncoming 2018 Nissan sedan operated by a 19-year-old male of Hanamāʿulu with three other occupants.

Eugenia Villanueva, 49 of Hanamāʿulu, was a rear passenger in the Nissan sedan and suffered fatal injuries.

Delfin Geronimo, 71 of ʿEleʿele, was also a rear passenger of the Nissan sedan. Police say he was initially medevaced to Queen’s Medical Center on Oʽahu where he later died as a result of his injuries.

The front passenger of the Nissan sedan, a 19-year-old female of Hanamāʿulu, suffered serious injuries and was admitted and later released from Wilcox Memorial Center. The driver of the Nissan sedan was treated and released at Wilcox Memorial Center.