By Minna Sugimoto
A female driver who crashed her car into a bicyclist in Pearl City, leaving the man paralyzed from the chest down, received a six-month jail term at her sentencing Wednesday.
Susan Klein tearfully apologized to her victim, who appeared in court in a wheelchair. In April, she pleaded no contest to first-degree negligent injury.
Robert Kawakami, a 64-year-old auto mechanic, was riding his bicycle from his home in Pearl City to his job in Waipahu on June 29, 2009, when Klein's vehicle plowed into him. He suffered a crushed spinal cord, bleeding in the brain, two collapsed lungs and a torn aorta.
Prosecutors say the driver had traces of methamphetamine in her system, and may have been blinded by the sun at the time of the crash.