Man indicted in death of UH-MC student

WAILUKU – A man has been indicted on charges including manslaughter in connection with the death of a University of Hawaii Maui College student who was struck by a vehicle while walking with other students in Kahului last year.

An Aug. 12 trial is set in 2nd Circuit Court for Walter Mark, 29, of Kahului. During his arraignment Friday, he pleaded not guilty to charges of manslaughter, drunken driving, driving while his license was suspended or revoked and first-degree negligent injury.

The fatal crash occurred shortly before 7 p.m. Oct. 28 on Vevau Street as the students were walking on the dirt shoulder of the road, police said. Devon King, a 21-year-old Auburn, Wash., resident in the college’s culinary program, died a couple of hours after being transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center. A 19-year-old California woman walking with King was injured, police said.

At the time, police said speed and alcohol were suspected in the collision.

Mark is being held in lieu of $750,000 bail at the Maui Community Correctional Center pending a bail hearing Wednesday.

If he posts bail, Mark was ordered not to operate a motor vehicle and not to consume alcohol or illegal drugs.

Deputy Public Defender William “Pili” McGrath said Mark would need the assistance of a Pohnpeian interpreter for future court proceedings.