A 25-year-old Kauai man pleaded no contest to criminal charges following a two-car crash that killed his mother nearly three years ago.
Joshua Fernandez was driving an SUV that crossed the center line of Kuhio Highway in Anahola and crashed into a pickup truck.
His mother Laurey Fernandez died at the scene and several other people were injured.
The Garden Island reports that Fernandez had morphine, oxycodone, and methamphetamine in his system at the time.
He faces a 31-year prison term when he is sentenced in October.