Puna woman facing charges in accident that killed pedestrian

Glenn Honda | |

HILO, HI – Hawai‘i Island police said a woman is facing charges in connection with a fatal pedestrian accident that took place in Hilo on April 13.

In a news release, police stated the driver of a 2006 Honda SUV traveling east on East Kawili Street at about 8:18 p.m. struck a pedestrian near Manono Street and left  the scene, continuing toward Kanoelehua Avenue.  The pedestrian, 57-year-old Eric Mabuni of Hilo, was pronounced dead at Queens Medical Center.

After the collision the driver turned right onto Kanoelehua and struck a pedestrian crossing signal before heading south, according to police.  A short time later the Honda was located at the intersection of Kanoelehua Avenue and Kawailani Street.

The Honda driver, identified by police as 25-year-old Sienna Tavares-Brown, of Pahoa, was not injured. She was initially arrested for first-degree negligent injury and operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant. She has also been charged with multiple other offenses, including leaving the scene of an accident involving death.

Two juvenile passengers in the Honda who were related to Tavares-Brown were not injured and were released to family members.


If you or a loved one were the victim of a pedestrian accident due to a driver’s wrongful actions, you may be entitled to significant compensation. A knowledgeable Hawaii pedestrian accident attorney at the Recovery Law Center will fight on your behalf to hold the responsible party accountable and obtain the money you deserve. To schedule a free consultation regarding your case, call us at (808) 427-3088 or complete our contact form.

Glenn T. Honda

For over 29 years, attorney Glenn Honda has helped people injured in accidents throughout Hawaii get the best outcome for their case, whether it’s maximizing their settlement, or balancing costs and risks vs. putting the whole experience behind them. As the founding attorney of the Recovery Law Center, he is passionate about helping his clients with their physical, emotional and financial recovery. Mr. Honda will fight to get you coverage for your medical bills, lost wages, damaged property and other costs related to your accident.


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