Racquel L. Akau, 38

Waimanalo, Hawaii
January 20, 2007

Agencies: Honolulu Police Department Hawaii

Cause of death: Vehicular

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Tyler Nainoa Duarte was sentenced to two years in prison and five years' probation for leaving the scene of a fatal crash and two counts of first-degree negligent homicide. Michelle A. Benevedes, 39, and her cousin Racquel L. Akau, 38, both of Waimanalo, died when their sedan was hit broadside by Duarte's SUV. A police sergeant who observed the SUV driving recklessly did turn on his car's lights and sirens, but police said he was not engaged in a high-speed chase as the wreck occurred.

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