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Boy killed, 4 family members injured when car hits bus stop

By Gordon Y.K. Pang

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LAST UPDATED: 04:21 p.m. HST, Mar 29, 2012


A 3-year-old boy was killed and the boy's mother and three siblings were badly injured when a car plowed into a Makaha bus stop Wednesday night.

The Medical Examiner's Office identified the victim as Ashton Brown. He died of multiple traumatic injuries caused by a motor vehicle collision, medical examiners said today.

The driver fled, but patrol officers stopped a badly damaged Honda sedan about two miles away near the Makaha 7-Eleven, said Lt. Robert Towne of the Honolulu Police Department's Traffic Division.

Officers arrested the driver of the Honda, a 44-year-old Lualualei man, on suspicion of first-degree negligent homicide, causing accidental death or injury and driving under the influence of alcohol. Police said speed may also be a factor in the crash.

Paramedics took four other family members to the Queen's Medical Center: a girl, 11, in critical condition with leg and head injuries; the mother, 41, in guarded condition; a boy, 7, in serious condition; and a girl, 5, in serious condition.

Analia Barboza, who lives next door to the crash scene, was watching TV in her home at about 10:15 p.m. when she heard a loud noise. "It was like somebody blew a tree up," Barboza said. "It rattled my house."

She ran out to help and found the family in shock. After an initial scream, "it was real quiet, it was eerie."

She said she tried to comfort the injured children. A woman who is a nurse arrived and found one of the daughters in the brush several feet behind the bus stop, where she had been thrown by impact of the crash, Barboza said.

The mother and five of the children were resting at the bus stop in front of Makaha Beach, Towne said. The father, who had the family's 1-year-old child with him, was across the street when the Honolulu-bound Honda veered off the road and slammed into the bus shelter, Towne said.

Sources said the father may have been setting up a tent for his family across the street from the bus stop.

Homeless people live in the area and the family looked familiar to her, Barboza said.

The 44-year suspect had just been released on parole from the Laumaka Work Furlough Center at Oahu Community Correction Center on March 20.

The suspect had met with his parole officer on Tuesday and had passed all his drug tests, a Department of Public Safety Department said.

Courts records show that the 44-year-old suspect had six prior felony convictions and six misdemeanors, including a 1986  conviction for drunken driving, car theft and criminal property damage on Maui. He was sentenced to five years in jail. In 2004 he was sentenced to a 10-year jail term for first-degree burglary and was placed on parole. He was again sent back to prison in 2008 for violating his parole.

The crash left the bus shelter and bus stop sign leaning to the side and obliterated the bus stop bench.  Yellow police tape surrounded the scene.

Police shut Farrington Highway from Water Street to Kili Drive until about 4 a.m. as traffic investigators examined the crime scene.

Towne said anyone who witnessed the crash should call the Honolulu Police Department's Traffic Division at 529-3499.

Barboza said it's not the first time she's seen someone die from a crash outside her house. She ran out of the house one night  in 1996 to help a man who had been thrown from the front-side passenger seat onto the highway.

There have been numerous other crashes involving serious injury outside her house, Barboza said. Most have involved speeding, alcohol or both, she said. "That's a common denominator. They're drunk and they lose control of the car. What people don't realize is that this road has such a curvature to it, and it's so tilted. If you're drunk and you're speeding, you'll lose control."

"I don't want to see anymore of this," she said. "I don't think my brain can tolerate it, honestly. I'm in shock still. I can't sleep. Every time I close my eyes, I see them. I just pray to God that they're OK."

Star-Advertiser reporter Gregg K. Kakesako contributed to this story.







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false wrote:
There is nothing at all "negligent" about this homicide. My condolences to the victims of this murderer.
on March 29,2012 | 07:11AM
1local wrote:
according to his family - he was on parole. thought alcohol wasn't allowed for parolees...wonder what the odds are that the car is insured and the driver had a license...at least when the rail is built families will be able to sleep in the stations. Too bad the family didn't take advantage of the shelters in the area...
on March 29,2012 | 08:42AM
soshaljustic wrote:
Too bad the driver didn't take advantage of sleeping it off in his car, Too bad the driver didn't take advantage of drinking non-alcoholic beverages, Too bad the driver didn't take advantage of using a pay phone to call for a cab, Too bad the driver didn't choose to NOT DRIVE and MAKE THE CHOICE TO PICK UP ALCOHOL AND FEED THE DISEASE last night...at least when rail is NOT built we can finally focus on housing families FIRST and quit making excuses as a society that we need a hierarchy to establish ourselves as more WORTHY of housing than other deadbeat people who should DIE? Guess you got your wish? is that what you want? i know i do not because i know there is enuf to go around and ppl make the rules. No family needs to go thru this. When ppl decide to quit this nightmare of comparisons based upon material goods, ppl in the richest Nation on the planet, will have basic housing. Remember, U make the rules. MAKE THEM.
on March 29,2012 | 10:16AM
RandyC73 wrote:
My family and thousand of other families agree with you, be for the people and not for transit! Take care of our housing problem first and work on getting homeless off the streets!
on March 29,2012 | 11:39AM
allie wrote:
nothing ever really happens to those who do this
on March 29,2012 | 12:01PM
allie wrote:
The community tolerates this kind of thing so it happens way too often
on March 29,2012 | 01:58PM
syhud wrote:
I prefer to call the Waianae Coast the Wild West. Not the Westsde.
on March 29,2012 | 05:58PM
Waterman2 wrote:
Pray for these poor people, they are obviously tormented.
on March 29,2012 | 07:26AM
McCully wrote:
Such a sad story involving another DUI traffic accident. When are drivers going to learn that drinking and driving KILLS!!!!! I bet this donkey has no insurance or a driver's license.
on March 29,2012 | 07:50AM
niimi wrote:
This is NOT and accident. This was a crash, a car crash. It was crashing into pedestrians at a bus stop. And he fled.
on March 29,2012 | 10:46PM
hanoz808 wrote:
this is such a sad situation. my condolences go out to the family and i hope the murderer gets life.
on March 29,2012 | 07:50AM
Rocket wrote:
Man the woman who lives across the street has seen too many horrible things. I find it so sad that these little children had no place to sleep, they should have been tucked in bed somewhere safe but no, they are homeless and didn't have that luxary. Come on governor abercrombie, get these families with children off the street, do something you are the governor!!!
on March 29,2012 | 07:56AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Problem is, the bus stops and shelters offer no protection for TheBus riders. Some are so close to the streets it's like a death trap. This is not the first like this nor the last time this will happen. Condolence to the family.
on March 29,2012 | 08:11AM
allie wrote:
true
on March 29,2012 | 12:00PM
pakeheat wrote:
If you remember there was a incident by the stadium where a person driving a car drifted over several lanes and hit a Japanese tourist family maybe ten years ago? The wife was killed in that accident and there was another one on Kalakaua Avenue near Don Quiote where a car hit a person waiting for the bus. You just have to be alert all the time, you can't take things for granted anymore.
on March 29,2012 | 07:44PM
soshaljustic wrote:
So glad we can spend 51/4 bil on a choo choo but use tooth picks at the sides of dangerous roads to protect fragile humans currently using mass transit. Had the City/County federally subsidized mass transit funding been spent on human focused transportation for our safety-as has been the case in car safety engineering-this family would have less to mourn today, and mass transit users would feel more comfortable in using mass transit systems. Clearly these systems do not have users SAFETY in mind, engineering and constructing shelters(?) out of toothpicks. These so-called shelters are City and County death traps along side accident prone dangerous roads the State Transportation Board refuses to do anything about! That is criminal and leaves all citizenry using mass transit in harms way. Choo Choo-Boo-Hoo-City Council, Mayor are lolo for not fixing poor infrastructure as this, FIRST!!!
on March 29,2012 | 08:14AM
Peacenik wrote:
Don't think shelter were meant to be built as barriers against on coming cars. Built for shelter from sun and rain and place to sit while waiting. Anti-railer always need a soap box to spew their poison.
on March 29,2012 | 08:30AM
soshaljustic wrote:
Anti-human safety thru engineering first should know when they are getting scammed
on March 29,2012 | 09:19AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
There are a few people up in Hawaii Loa Ridge that are behind on their mortgages, which is the main reason to build ThisTrain.
on March 29,2012 | 10:34AM
aomohoa wrote:
I don't get what you are saying?
on March 29,2012 | 11:33AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
The rich helping their own kind.
on March 29,2012 | 02:59PM
AmbienDaze wrote:
i got it the first time.
on March 29,2012 | 03:36PM
janne wrote:
Y u targeting the HI Loa Ridge people, what they did and got 2 do w/the accident. Mayb if ppl can't afford 2 take care of themselves, they shdn't b having so many kids.
on March 29,2012 | 03:37PM
kalaoa wrote:
Agree: Life in Jail for the perp. Unfortunately no death penalty in Hawaii
on March 29,2012 | 08:17AM
kailuabred wrote:
There's no death penalty anywhere in the US for this kind of crime (although, maybe there ought to be).
on March 29,2012 | 08:25AM
kalaoa wrote:
On second thought: no jail time. Make him take care of the family for the rest of his life.
on March 29,2012 | 08:18AM
jusmetwocents wrote:
Off to jail you go... Public shame and no bail!
on March 29,2012 | 08:21AM
1local wrote:
according to his family - he was on parole. thought alcohol wasn't allowed for parolees...wonder what the odds are that the car is insured and the driver had a license...
on March 29,2012 | 08:38AM
pakeheat wrote:
Just watched the news where the niece of the accused said, her uncle is not a bad person and was trying to get his life straight again. Why do we keep on hearing excuses all the time? I got ticked when she said, "He is not a bad person" oh really? First, drinking an driving, causing the accident and fleeing the scene, been in and out several times in jail, many convictions on his record, so what does it take to be bad?
on March 29,2012 | 07:48PM
rayhawaii wrote:
I wonder if the driver was issued a citation a week ago with the other 500 citations issued and allowed to go on his merry way?
on March 29,2012 | 08:23AM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
Brah.......that was the first thing that came to my mind too. Probably one of those who was cited for no insurance and then allowed to drive away.
on March 29,2012 | 07:36PM
BigIsandLava wrote:
Increase the punishment for DUI violations, especially in the cases leading towards ending of a person's life. Too many people driving drunk equates to laws without enough bite and ineffective deterrents.
on March 29,2012 | 08:36AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Is Hawaii's judiciary listening??? Drop the hammer on drunk drivers big time. I don't care if the prisons are overcrowded. One more reason for not drinking and driving. We'll keep hearing about these tragedies and someday it might be someone you know who either was an innocent victim or a perpetrator.
on March 29,2012 | 08:44AM
cojef wrote:
When it rains it pours. This is a tragedy of significance in that an innocent homeless family was tormented further by a DUI, and in the process taken one of his children's life, and injuring several more. Sad, condolences to the family. On the other hand, this section of the road appears to have more than its share of tragic accidents. The article points out the curvature and a tilt in the roadway easily causes one to lose control of his vehicle if driving excessively fast. Could this be a design flaw? Insurance companies should have an assessment made to determine whether the roadway is safe. If not the State could be liable???
on March 29,2012 | 08:45AM
joseph007 wrote:
This comment has been deleted.
on March 29,2012 | 08:49AM
aomohoa wrote:
Are you joking or are you a loser too?
on March 29,2012 | 11:34AM
IAmSane wrote:
I don't think you thought this post through.
on March 29,2012 | 09:40PM
kahu808 wrote:
Doesn't sound like child seats were used.
on March 29,2012 | 08:57AM
Songoboy wrote:
kids werent in the car kahu...or are you trying to be funny
on March 29,2012 | 09:31AM
IAmSane wrote:
Oh my god... you people are... so... so... ah, forget it.
on March 29,2012 | 09:41PM
808Cindy wrote:
With the past criminal record the driver had, it would be justified for him to spend the rest of his life in JAIL
on March 29,2012 | 09:17AM
BigOpu wrote:
Hmmm...500 violations in 5 hr traffic stops along the west side doesn't seem so rediculous now does it. This could happen anywhere, I get that, but the frequency of the West Side is crazy. Especially when tragic outcomes like this have to be the result. I only hope the whole family can recover well. Of course, recover in the physical sense because they'll be scarred for life.
on March 29,2012 | 10:04AM
naueimua wrote:
Praying for the family! What a loser, didn't stop to help.....cowerd (least to say)
on March 29,2012 | 10:11AM
rferdun wrote:
And people complain that the police are unfairly targeting the west side in their safe streets campaign. I wonder why. Maybe the police should blitz the area every day to get more of these bozos off the streets.
on March 29,2012 | 10:16AM
entrkn wrote:
Anyone that leaves the scene of an accident has to be treated as a class A Felon and apprehended, prosecuted, and incarcerated accordingly... there is no place for tolerance of this type of criminal behavior in our society.
on March 29,2012 | 10:37AM
WKAMA wrote:
If someone loaned him the car that person should also be arrested.
on March 29,2012 | 11:25AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
It upsets me that we have a registry for sex offenders but we do not have a burglar, convicted drug dealers or murderer registry. It is not only grossly unfair to those who are on a registry but it is also upsets people like me who would like to know where the burglars, drug dealers and murderers live. Frankly, I would like to know where these car thieves and burglars live. Many burglars and car thieves reoffend. Every time I see a report of burglars or car thieves I see a long rap sheet. Those are the ones that tend to reoffend. I had a neighbor that had his home burglarized by the same person more than once and all he could do was take a picture of the creep in the act. All the other homes were prime for this creep to hit. But no one in the neighborhood except for the one victim knew that he was convicted of burglary. This is not an equal rights country. This is a selective enforcement society.
on March 29,2012 | 11:28AM
sjean wrote:
This story exemplifies the divide between Eastside & Westside. How is it that Kalanianaole Hwy has a median divider (and a well-manicured one at that) from the end of H1 East to Hawaii Kai, yet Farrington Hwy has no divider from Kahe Pt to Kaena Pt? Oh wait, I remember when it was proposed a few of my neighbors were upset that they might need to drive an extra block to do a u-turn. Maybe Eastsiders are smarter after all.
on March 29,2012 | 12:06PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Isn'tittimeforjudgestothrowthesedrukenidiotsinjailandthrowawaythekey?
on March 29,2012 | 12:36PM
kuewa wrote:
Six felony convictions and still not in jail for life ?!?!?! We need a 3 strikes law-- 3 major criminal convictions and you are sentenced to a life as a human mine-sweeper.
on March 29,2012 | 12:52PM
GorillaSmith wrote:
Maybe some better sentencing guidelines would have saved this poor child's life. How about this: 1st DUI offense: 3 years imprisonment; loss of license for 10 years; 2nd DUI offense: 10 years imprisonment; loss of license for life; 3rd DUI offense: Life without parole. Our collective failure as a state and a nation to take this heinous crime seriously is disgraceful.
on March 29,2012 | 01:00PM
LAX2HNL wrote:
how can a guy with that many prior felony convictions get parole for a first degree burglary conviction? where is the justice in hawaii? this guy should have been in jail serving out his sentence. i am appalled at the state of our justice system.
on March 29,2012 | 02:02PM
Fredfredburger wrote:
The best advice is, if you're gonna drink, stay at home and do it, not go driving around like a damn fool.
on March 29,2012 | 02:04PM
Akhmed_PKC wrote:
Hawaii equals: WEAK Judiciary and an even weaker parole authority.
on March 29,2012 | 02:31PM
rainbowfan wrote:
Bus shelters are dangerous places to wait for the Bus as shown by the various accident through the years. You should wait more away from the street or the shelter should be put more away from the street. if possible. Just as political sign waving is quite dangerous on the streets. Kind of agree with some comments by soshaljustic .8:14AM
on March 29,2012 | 02:44PM
rainbowfan wrote:
Also agree with NanakuliBoss
on March 29,2012 | 03:20PM
awsomeron wrote:
This is a Tragic Incident that had No reason to happen except for a Drunk Driver. The Driver in this case should Never be released from Prison Again. I agree with soshaljustic except that Light Rail is a separate issue. I cannot get my head around that 1 local could be serious about his post. The subplots in this situation do not matter, what matters is that people where killed and injured for no reason other then a person was driving drunk and lost control. I hope the victims recover and CPS gets in on this and insures that the Kids are put in foster care. Thanks to the Nice lady who left her house to help and to the Nurse. People may be alive today because of your actions.
on March 29,2012 | 05:01PM
aomohoa wrote:
It's a shame that slimball drunk can't just be sent straight to hell!
on March 29,2012 | 05:03PM
aomohoa wrote:
it was nice that his family member came forward to say how sorrow she is. Then she said he is not a monster, but I'm sorry I think he is a monster!
on March 29,2012 | 05:05PM
aomohoa wrote:
Why don't we have a 3rd strike law here?
on March 29,2012 | 05:07PM
Bothrops wrote:
"In 2004 he was sentenced to a 10-year jail term for first-degree burglary and was placed on parole. He was again sent back to prison in 2008 for violating his parole." 2004 plus 10 is 2014, 2008 plus 10 is 2018. It is 2012 and he is still out? What does it take? When will we stop the killing??
on March 29,2012 | 05:30PM
soundofreason wrote:
The guy that signed his release papers is the real killer......and deep inside.....he already knows it.
on March 29,2012 | 07:19PM
olos73 wrote:
Have been reading several posts saying this area is known for speeding. City/State should install rumble strips near bus stops and crosswalks so drivers have no choice but to slow down. Pedestrians getting hit and this is not the first incident of someone killing another person at a bus stop (Waipahu, killing an elderly man after getting off the bus late at night). Any strip of road where there's a bus stop or crosswalk should have rumble strips nearby. May be an inconvenience for drivers, but safe for human life. My aloha to the ohana.
on March 29,2012 | 07:06PM
niimi wrote:
Imagine the interviews in the coming days: Oh, my uncle/cousin/brother/friend, he good boy. He not going do nothing wrong. I think anyone fleeing the scene of any accident demonstrates cowardice, and a low moral character to not want to take responsibility for one's own actions. Gosh, such a youngster...dead, and they're all hurt.
on March 29,2012 | 10:44PM
niimi wrote:
I see more and more wealthy people buying up the beachfront properties in Waianae. In 40 years the area will have turned around.
on March 29,2012 | 10:49PM
ejkorvette wrote:
The Driver of the car is Guilty beyond the Word. He has an Accomplice and it is the Hawaii COURT SYSTEM. They let this MONSTER out of Jail 3x and now look what has Happened. Like I've said many time, Unless a Judge, Lawyer, Politician's are victims, Nothing will be done to correct this SICK CYCLE of letting repeate offenders back on the road, or back on the Streets. DO WE AS HONOLULU CITIZENS HAVE TO TAKE THE LAW INTO OUR HANDS?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am really starting to Think that PRIVATE JUSTICE IS THE ONLY WAY!!! The INCOMPETENT so-called Law Makers are a DISGRACE. EVERY LAST ONE OF THEM.
on March 29,2012 | 11:55PM
kailua000 wrote:
when will murder by vehicle - when its truly not an accident - be considered murder? When someone is driving drunk it should never be an excuse. No different that shooting someone with a gun or beating someone to death. I feel for this family. These are the homeless I feel bad for, the ones who have lost their homes, have familes, a mom and a dad both - who probably couldnt get into a shelter as a family (vs mens shelter or womens shelter) and probably wanted to stay together. I'm betting these parents are not druggies, not alcoholics, just people down on their luck trying to stay together. I hope everyone realizes with all the apartments on Laau Street (off Dole) having their lease sold off this year, thats going to bring about 500 more families into homeless situations. Low income Elderly and families with small children with no place to go, no place affordable anymore because of the greed of one man and the lease hold laws.
on March 30,2012 | 12:58AM
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