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Wahiawa car crash kills 2

A stolen vehicle loses control on the S-turn of Kaukonahua Road

By Dan Nakaso


Three teenage boys and a 23-year-old man were speeding in a stolen 2006 blue Scion multipurpose vehicle in Wahiawa early yesterday when the teenage driver lost control and crashed, killing himself and his front-seat passenger and sending his other passengers to the Queen's Medical Center in serious condition, Honolulu traffic investigators said.

The driver is believed to be 16 or 17 years old, police said.

He lost control of the Scion at 12:50 a.m. while trying to navigate Kaukonahua Road's infamous S-turn in light rain.

The accident occurred in the eastbound lane of Kaukonahua Road, three-quarters of a mile northwest of Wilikina Drive, police said.

The driver failed to negotiate a left-hand bend in the road and hit a wooden utility pole, which flipped the Scion onto its side, police said. The Scion then crashed into a large, metal utility pole, police said.

The driver and his front-seat passenger, 23, were pinned in the wreckage and died at the scene of internal injuries, police said.

The 17- and 19-year-old passengers in the back seat were taken by paramedics to the Queen's Medical Center.

The Scion was stolen, but the theft had not been reported, police said.

It was unknown whether anyone was wearing seat belts or whether drugs and alcohol were factors. But excessive speed was a factor in the crash, police said.

Honolulu police closed Kaukonahua Road in both directions between Wilikina Drive and Farrington Highway around 2:30 a.m. to investigate the crash. The road reopened around 5:15 a.m.

The deaths were the 56th and 57th traffic fatalities on Oahu this year, compared with 49 last year.


Star-Advertiser reporter Mike Tsai contributed to this report.



The S-turn on Kaukonahua Road has been the scene of numerous fatal accidents:

» Oct. 8, 2006: A 27-year-old woman was killed when her car collided head-on with a van driven by a 61-year-old man. The man was critically injured.
» Oct. 28, 2007: Gjino Kanahele, 17, of Papakolea died after he lost control of his mo-ped and crashed into a guardrail.
» March 16, 2008: A 27-year-old Schofield Barracks soldier was killed when his motorcycle veered into the opposite lane and collided with an SUV.
» March 29, 2009: Brittany Durchuck, 27, of Ewa Beach died when she lost control of her motorcycle near the S-turn and crashed.
» April 7, 2009: Orrin Pollock, 76, of Waialua was killed after his pickup truck left the road near the S-turn and crashed into a tree.
» Oct. 11, 2009: A 29-year-old man was killed when his motorcycle collided with a rental car. The four passengers in the car were not injured.
» May 1, 2010: A 28-year-old Waialua woman died after she lost control of her SUV, which then hit a guardrail and overturned. A 21-year-old female passenger was taken to the hospital in serious condition.



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