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Speed and alcohol believed involved in critical Kaena Point crash

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 8:09 a.m. HST, Aug 17, 2012

Honolulu police arrested the driver involved in a one-car crash Thursday near the entrance to Yokohama Bay that sent a 17-year-old Waianae boy to the hospital in critical condition.

The victim was a passenger in a 1993 Accura driven by a 19-year-old Waianae man that was headed towards Kaena Point State Park on Farrington Highway before the road to the Satellite Tracking Station at 2:45 a.m. 

The driver lost control of the Acura, hit a guardrail and spun out, coming to rest near the mountainside, police said. His 17-year-old passenger was ejected from the vehicle and suffered head injuries.

Paramedics took him to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition.

Police said speed and alcohol appear to be factors in a crash.

Police closed Farrington Highway in both directions near Hercules Rock, while traffic investigators examined the scene.

A passenger, 18, in the back seat of the vehicle, was treated at the scene and released, said Lt. Robert Towne of the Honolulu Police Department's Traffic Division.

The 19-year-old driver of the vehicle, of a Lualualei Homestead Road address, was arrested on suspicion of negligent injury and released pending further investigation.

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