Saturday, December 29, 2012

Hawaii: Police Still Seeking Fugitive Who Pushed Japanese Tourist Off Cliff

Justin Wynn Klein, 37, a homeless man accused of pushing a Japanese tourist off a cliff on Kauai [near the Kalalau Valley] on December 16 has been indicted on a charge of attempted murder and is being sought by police.

COMMENT: The victim, who is 31 years of age,  fell some 15 feet after she was pushed and rushed to the hospital in critical condition. She spent eleven days in the hospital and was released on December 27.

Once apprehended, Klein will be held on bail set at $1 million. 

Solo travelers and tourists, by virtue of the fact that they are alone, must by necessity be vigilant of others around them at all times and alert to suspicious or threatening behavior.

Although in most developed nations there are laws providing victim-based support and financial assistance, such services are rarely available in developing countries, which is why I always suggest that travelers subscribe to international medical treatment and evacuation coverage before they leave home.

Without such international medical coverage, it is always possible, depending on the extent of the victim's injuries, that travelers may face huge medical bills before they can leave the country. Generally, such insurance runs less than $10 a day, which affords travelers a great deal of peace of mind.

For information on Hawaii's victim compensation law, see:

http://www.courts.state.hi.us/services/adult_client_services/crime_victim_compensation

Kauai, often referred to as the Garden Island,  is geologically the oldest of the main Hawaiian Islands. With an area of 562.3 square miles, it is the fourth largest of the main islands in the Hawaiian archipelago, and the 21st largest island in the United States. The island's population is 67,100.