Trial set in hit-and-run fatal

WAILUKU – A Waiehu man was ordered not to drive after being indicted in connection with a hit-and-run crash that killed a pedestrian.

An April 22 trial is set in 2nd Circuit Court for Walter Vierra Sr., 44.

He has pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree negligent homicide, leaving the scene of a fatal crash, driving without a license and third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug.

The fatal collision occurred the night of Aug. 16, 2012, when 31-year-old Waiehu resident Brandy Mendes was walking home in the Waihee direction on the makai side of Kahekili Highway near Kamaile Street in Waiehu, police said. Her body was found the next morning.

After police traffic investigators identified the truck that hit Mendes as a dark red 2000 Chevy pickup, police located the vehicle in the Happy Valley area.

Vierra, who was identified as the driver, turned himself in the following week. He was arrested and released pending further investigation.

After being arrested on a grand jury warrant in the case Jan. 26, Vierra had been held in lieu of $125,000 bail.

When he appeared in court Tuesday, he had posted bail to be released. His attorney, David Sereno, said Vierra has a job.

Vierra also was ordered to report for supervision and random drug testing as a condition of his bail.