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Man killed in Waialua truck collision identified

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 07:49 a.m. HST, Oct 21, 2012

A 52-year-old man killed in a crash in Waialua Friday was identified as Kenton Kuwada of Waialua, according to the medical examiner¹s office.

The crash occurred on Kaukonahua Road above Thompson Corner where the roadway joins Farrington Highway.

At about 10:28 a.m. Friday, Kuwada was traveling southbound on Kaukonahua Road in a white 1995 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck when a 42-year-old Waialua man traveling northbound in a blue 2001 Ford Ranger pickup truck crossed the center line and struck the vehicle Kuwada was operating.

Kuwada sustained internal injuries and was taken to Queen¹s Medical Center in critical condition where he later died. His passenger, a 76-year-old Waialua woman, was transported to the same hospital in critical condition and later upgraded to serious condition.

Police had said the driver of the Ford Ranger may have fallen asleep when he crossed the center line.

Kuwada¹s death is the 48th traffic-related fatality compared to 46 at the same time last year.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

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kainalu wrote:
You would think the driver of the Tacoma would have a better chance in a head-on collision than the driver of a Ranger. Sad, sad, and more sad. Our condolences to the family of the deceased.
on October 20,2012 | 11:57AM
ptofview wrote:
Previous report said the older Tacoma wasn't equipped with air bags. My condolences to the Kuwada family. I hope the elderly female makes a full recovery. Tragic and heartbreaking.
on October 20,2012 | 01:01PM
moondog73 wrote:
Too bad another innocent victim died. Should’ve been the driver who was at fault.
on October 20,2012 | 02:46PM
ArchStanton wrote:
Rest in peace my friend. My condolences to the family. I almost bit the bullet in the same spot many years ago. Lucky for me the guy driving in the opposite direction who crossed the line side swiped the car in front of me, causing the two cars to bounce off each other and separate allowing me to pass right through! Otherwise he would have hit me head on. Happily no one was injured.
on October 20,2012 | 03:22PM
Papakolea wrote:
Deepest condolences to his friends and family.
on October 20,2012 | 11:30PM
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