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Speed and alcohol believed involved in critical Kaena Point crash

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 08:09 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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Nesmith wrote:
I lost my nephew there. So young to go so early. Love you and miss you.
on August 16,2012 | 06:07AM
pridon wrote:
What is a 17 y.o. doing on he road at that hour? So sad.
on August 16,2012 | 06:27AM
olos73 wrote:
Another report said the 19-year old driver was arrested for driving under the influence. Speed also a factor. Young kids don't learn.
on August 16,2012 | 07:23AM
Snator wrote:
Got Seatbelts? Use 'em!
on August 16,2012 | 07:40AM
SteveToo wrote:
So sad, but youth being youth.... BTW it's Keawa`ula not Yokohama. Yokohama is in Japan.
on August 16,2012 | 08:43AM
zhawaii wrote:
What the heck was a 17 year-old doing out at 3:06 am?!?!?!
on August 16,2012 | 09:01AM
loquaciousone wrote:
What the heck are they doing out at 3 in the morning and DRINKING? I suspect Heineken bottles will soon start to appear at a memorial that will soon appear at the scene of the accident. This mentality is the root of this problem where young people think it's okay to drink and drive.
on August 17,2012 | 04:24AM
olos73 wrote:
They think "can handle." Don't know if all three were drinking, but the 19-year-old driver was arrested for DUI. Not even legal age to drink. Lucky no innocent people got hurt. That's usually the case. If they like drink illegally, STAY HOME or wherever you're at. Not worth it to endanger anybody.
on August 17,2012 | 08:42AM
allie wrote:
Lot of violence and drunkin driving out there..scary!
on August 16,2012 | 10:15AM
8082062424 wrote:
Lot of violence out there really how about the 70 year old man who was beat on and robbed in a elevator in kaimuiki shopping center. And dunking driving is a state wide problem. Nothing scary about out there it beautiful what left of the real Hawaii clean beaches down to earth people. you can go camping out there and enjoy nature
on August 16,2012 | 02:06PM
stingray65 wrote:
I am sure someone will say, He was a great kid! But, 17 years of age at 3:00 in the morning, driving with a drunk driver? Does this dude have a parents? Does the parents care where is that nice boy in town? Simple answer is, does not care the consequences! You wanna be the boss, you have to pay the cost. Regardless! I think he got what he deserved. Very sad. :(
on August 16,2012 | 03:55PM
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