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Friends ID dead driver in wrong-way collision on H-2

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 08:59 p.m. HST, Nov 19, 2011


A wrong-way driver on the H-2 freeway in Waipio caused a collision that killed one man and seriously injured two others.


A friend identified the dead driver as Lance Miyashiro. Police said he was 40 and from Wahiawa.

David Ferreira, owner of Mililani Pets, said Miyashiro was a manager and worked for the store for 25 years.

Ferreira was struggling with the Miyashiro’s death and declined to talk about the crash.

“He was a great person,” Ferreira said. “We became family.”


Police closed the north-bound lanes of the freeway for more than four hours while they investigated the crash.

A white BMW, driven by a Waianae man, 21, heading south in the north-bound lanes of the freeway, collided head-on with a 2005 Toyota Tacoma pickup driven by a Wahiawa man, 40, about a half-mile south of. the Ka Uka Boulevard exit, police said.

Police Traffic Division Lt. Robert Towne said a the pickup truck overturned while the white 1992 BMW hit the median. A third vehicle, a 2005 Jeep Liberty, driven by a Mililani man, 58,was unable to stop in time and struck the pickup, Towne said.

The pickup driver was pronounced dead on the scene, Towne said. The BMW driver, who had to be extricated from his car by firefighters, went to the Queen's Medical Center in extremely critical condition while the man in the Jeep was hospitalized in serious condition with unknown injuries.

There were no other occupants in any of the three vehicles involved, Towne said. It is unknown if alcohol was a factor in the crash, he said. All three men appeared to be wearing seatbelts.

Indications are the BMW entered the freeway from the Ka Uka Boulevard off ramp, Towne said.

The incident shut down access to the north-bound H-2 Freeway from the H-1 Freeway in Pearl City to Ka Uka Boulevard at about 2:15 a.m. The freeway reopened at about 6:40 a.m.. Motorists heading towards Mililani and beyond were redirected to Kamehameha Highway.

The death was the 47th on Oahu roads this year compared to 53 at this time in 2010.

It is the second time in less than six months that a vehicle traveling the wrong way on H-2 Freeway during early morning hours resulted in a fatality.

Last July 19, a wrong-way driver heading northbound in the southbound lanes near the Pineapple Road Overpass collided with two other vehicles. The first driver was killed and the drivers of the other vehicles were seriously injured

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stanislous wrote:
Wonder if he was drunk and high on drugs like that guy that got shot in Waikiki?
on November 19,2011 | 06:00AM
jimbone wrote:
cops should have shot him, they only would be protecting others,,
on November 19,2011 | 06:43AM
808warriorfan wrote:
Make that the 2 of us.....The deceased family and friends look like they've held a Kangaroo Court and found the defendant guilty. Wonder if the family for the deceased in this case will do the same ???
on November 19,2011 | 12:36PM
allie wrote:
This comment has been deleted.
on November 19,2011 | 06:39AM
motoxdad wrote:
and your survey came from??
on November 19,2011 | 07:46AM
Benibiker wrote:
Just look around you, people drive like nuts here, tailgating, running red lights, cutting you off during lane changes. People here change lanes first and then look to see if anyone is next to them. Nuts out there!
on November 19,2011 | 09:07AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
u ever driven in Japan, honey?
on November 19,2011 | 10:18AM
DonGa-me wrote:
Seems ewe drive on the left side of the road. Here we drive on the right side.
on November 19,2011 | 10:39AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
on November 19,2011 | 10:17AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
I agree with you. People continue to use their cell phones while driving and it shows as they drift into other lanes. It's so obvious.
on November 19,2011 | 10:03AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
I seen it in the fast lane of the H-1 west near Vineyard. Apparently either the guy was drunk or he needed to finish his fight with his wife right then and there.
on November 19,2011 | 10:21AM
PaloloValley wrote:
Driving 'skills' and habits are low in Nevada.... hmmmm... on the whole mainland for that matter. Drivers here are expert at speeding. I used the same survey technique as 'allie.' As far as I'm concerned Hawaii (Oahu) has the best drivers..usually looking out for the next person. The exceptions would be the ones who have been drinking and/or drugging before and while driving.
on November 19,2011 | 03:04PM
jimbone wrote:
Cops should have shot him, they would be protecting the other people....
on November 19,2011 | 06:44AM
kainalu wrote:
Our condolences to all those involved. And I apologize for those unwarranted posts included here.
on November 19,2011 | 07:29AM
51butterflies wrote:
Condolences to and prayers for all those hurt in this fatality. AWEH, wrong way entry to freeways occuring too many times! Not humorous to see this becoming a tradition, around holiday times. We seem to need auto devices to alarm drivers of going in the wrong direction and locking their auto from movement. Use of firearms, does not solve the problem. I do empathise with anyone who has suffered the painful loss of family, friends due to the negligence of a driver behind the wheel. Retaliating with another crime may seem to release/relieve the pain, anguish and unfairness the living experience, but it worsens the situation even more.
on November 19,2011 | 07:53AM
Smiley7 wrote:
How many innocent people have to die before action is taken? The media will blame the victim and the criminal gets all the benefit of a doubt. My condolences to the family.
on November 19,2011 | 07:55AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Did the guy driving the wrong way receive his drivers license from the two government employees who were busted this past week for selling licenses? If so, the families of the vicitims here need to also sue these government employees.
on November 19,2011 | 08:06AM
Skinny wrote:
Brah (or Seestah), get your facts straight. It was ONE government employee. The other guy was one driving instructor.
on November 19,2011 | 07:09PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
What is a BEE EM DA BLA YOU driver going down the wrong way of a major freeway? Reminds of the Lisa Matsumoto death on December 14, 2007.
on November 19,2011 | 08:13AM
Anonymous wrote:
My condolences to the family of the victim. How shocking to read about this. As a matter of act, I drove up the H-2 early this morning, probably a few minutes before this accident happened in the exact area. It could of easily been me who died. Appreciate and be thankful everyday of your life.
on November 19,2011 | 08:15AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
You mean u were the driver of the BMW LOL?
on November 19,2011 | 10:26AM
RKC808 wrote:
Wow, this would be my biggest nightmare come true if I was on my motorcycle. Condolences to the innocent pick up truck drivers family.
on November 19,2011 | 08:30AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Not to make light of the situation however consider the time of this horrific accident: namely 2:15 am. If at all possible, do not go venturing into the lonely night at those hours because those are the times during which these types of tragedies occur.
on November 19,2011 | 10:30AM
Kauikalewa wrote:
Time to install tire damage traps to keep people from going down an off ramp to the freeway. Two and maybe three lives lost because of carelessness. As for Waikiki, when the environment is ugly, leave. Find the nearest exit and save yourself. Take the audience away and the show stops. McDonalds should have called 911 when a patron got "ugly". There is no excuse for drugs, booze and smoking. Life if tough, unfair, inequitable but everyone has to get out and get it going. Still this is a tragedy on the road. So sorry for the sacrifices that have been made by way of design flaws.
on November 19,2011 | 08:46AM
Vivgie wrote:
Sounds like tire-popping one-way devices are coming to Honolulu soon. Just like the ones in a few parking lots. Happeing too often and gives suiciders ideas.
on November 19,2011 | 08:51AM
environmental_lady wrote:
There is one way to prevent such wrong way freeway crashes. Why not install one way spikes on the offramp so that no car can enter it? They have such spikes on parking lots to prevent cars from entering parking lots on the exit side to avoid paying to enter.
on November 19,2011 | 10:14AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Well I did not read the details of this story, however to enter a street the wrong way is one of the mistakes that occur only to those that are under the influence.
on November 19,2011 | 10:34AM
sohappy2beme wrote:
The last time this happened by Costco--the poor man was not drunk or intoxicated. He was so tired because he was working the graveyard shift so he could take his wife to kidney dialysis in the daytime. Before you make these all encompassing statements, maybe you should check your facts because it really hurts the family and friends who have lost loved ones in these horrific tragedies.
on November 21,2011 | 08:21AM
DonGa-me wrote:
Not many people can handle tire traps which can cause tire blowouts. May create more accidents when driver cannot control vehicle because of loss of steering. Car if disabled will create a traffic jam and will require a tow truck to move vehicle out of way. More problems. Driver if under the influence should not drive, PERIOD.
on November 19,2011 | 10:57AM
Big C wrote:
If the BMW driver was Drinking or under drugs, they should find out where he consumed the alcohol and/or drugs then sue the hell out of whom ever was hosting the event.
on November 19,2011 | 11:10AM
Hilofrank wrote:
I'll bet good money that the cops will classify it as an attempted suicide.
on November 19,2011 | 11:31AM
808warriorfan wrote:
Wonder what causes these "wrong way" drivers on the H-2 ??? There was another one recently where a guy got killed in the early morning hours and he tested negative for alcohol and drugs. Is there a common denominator. Been northbound on the H-2 many times; coming from both east and west. Can't figure out how you'd end up in a southbound lane if you are northbound ...
on November 19,2011 | 12:34PM
Wazdat wrote:
They have NO lighted signs and NO wrong way signs, etc. Its pretty simple to take the wrong ramp if you are tired or drunk.
on November 19,2011 | 04:38PM
mrluke wrote:
"Tired or drunk"??!! YOU SHOULDN'T BE BEHIND THE WHEEL!!! One of the STUPIDIST posts I've ever seen!!
on November 19,2011 | 05:14PM
hokumakakilo wrote:
Not true. All freeways have those white reflectors along the lane markings...they show bright red if approached by a wrong way vehicle. These reflectors are also on the on and off ramps. They are very noticible. Also all on and off ramps have wrong way signs posted. They are large and very noticible. You just don't see them when you are going the correct way, and are often on the back of other signs. Only driver's who have something wrong with them (drunk, drugs, medical problem) would miss them.
on November 19,2011 | 06:55PM
Anonymous wrote:
Where's Attorney Green?
on November 19,2011 | 07:38PM
Peacenik wrote:
on November 19,2011 | 08:54PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
I used to see the deceased at Mililani Pets all the time. Good guy. Rest in peace.
on November 19,2011 | 08:23PM
entrkn wrote:
I am guessing that they are going to tell him not to do that again and let him go out and murder some more innocent citizens like they always do...
on November 19,2011 | 08:27PM
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