Kauai police arrest driver involved in traffic fatality in Nawiliwili

Kauai police have arrested the driver of the SUV that struck and killed a Lawai man early Monday morning in Nawiliwili.

Evan Craft, age 34, was arrested Tuesday, June 2, for Manslaughter and Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of an Intoxicant (OVUII). He has since been released pending investigation.

Craft was driving the SUV that killed 37-year-old Michael Helppie upon impact, according to an autopsy.

Police believe Craft and Helppie got into some type of confrontation at a nearby bar just before 1:45 a.m. The confrontation escalated outside when Craft’s SUV struck Helppie, then ran over a concrete piling, where the SUV became stuck.

Craft was located nearby at Kalapaki Beach and taken into custody.

Police continue to investigate details of the incident. Anyone with information is urged to contact Det. Jenkins at 241-1680 or Police Dispatch at 241-1711.

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