Negligent-homicide case closed with death of wrong-way driver


POSTED: Sunday, June 28, 2009

Question: What ever happened to the driver who was going the wrong way on the H-3 freeway and crashed into another car, killing a single mother of two? Did the case ever go to trial?

Answer: Robin Remington died on July 17, 2006, exactly one month after the accident, from injuries suffered in the crash.

Remington, 46, who had a Montana driver license, was Kaneohe-bound in the Halawa-bound lanes of the H-3 near Halawa Valley Road about 3:45 a.m. June 17, 2006.

Her Chevy Malibu crashed head-on into Janice Madamba's four-door Honda Accord, traveling in the opposite direction. It took firefighters 45 minutes to extract both drivers from the wreckage.

Madamba, a hospital worker and single parent of two school-age children—a son and daughter—died at the scene.

Remington was intoxicated at the time of the accident with a blood-alcohol content of 0.16—twice the legal limit, said Lt. Darren Izumo of the police Vehicular Homicide Section. Remington suffered serious traumatic injuries and was initially unresponsive and in critical condition, an Emergency Medical Services spokesman said. Her condition improved to serious but stable while being taken by ambulance to The Queen's Medical Center, but she later died from her injuries.

The case was classified as negligent homicide and has been closed.

The Medical Examiner's Office said Remington was a resident of Keaau on the Big Island. She had a 2003 conviction for speeding in Puna, but had no DUI convictions in Hawaii.

Star-Bulletin staff update was written by Leila Fujimori. You can write us at What Ever Happened to ... Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 500 Ala Moana, Suite 7-210, Honolulu 96813; call 529-4747; or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).