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Man killed in wrong-way driver crash on Nimitz is identified

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:07 p.m. HST, Mar 19, 2012

The Honolulu Medical Examiner identified an Ewa Beach man killed in a head-on collision on Nimitz Highway involving an apparenlty drunk wrong-way driver early Sunday morning.

Billy Thomas, 28, was a passenger in a white 1995 Geo Metro operated by a 39-year-old Aiea man. The driver, whom police said was intoxicated, drove town-bound in the Ewa-bound lanes on the highway, then made a U-turn at Sand Island Access Road and drove the wrong way in the town-bound lanes.

Police said the Metro struck a white 2002 Toyota 4Runner traveling in the fast lane at about 3 a.m.

Paramedics took Thomas in critical condition to Queen’s Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The 39-year-old driver went to Queen’s in serious condition.

The 49-year-old driver of the 4Runner and his passenger, a 40-year-old woman, both of Kapolei, went to Queen’s in serious condition.

The fatality is the 16th traffic death on Oahu so far this year, compared to 11 at the same time last year.

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