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4 injured in deadly Waialua accident released from hospital

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 05:01 p.m. HST, Oct 26, 2012

Four international tourists, who were injured in a three-car accident near Waialua Thursday afternoon, were treated for bruises and abrasions at Queen’s Medical Center and released.

Killed in the 3:30 p.m. accident on Kamehameha highway was a 61-year-old Waialua man who was driving 2004 gray Volkswagen. His name has not been released pending notification of relatives. Police said the driver was speeding.

Two men from Switzerland and a couple from Tokyo were treated at Queen’s Medical Center and released.

Police said the driver of the Volkswagen was traveling north on Kamehameha highway when he lost control of his vehicle two miles north of Paalaa Uka Pupukea Road, crossed the median line and hit the side of a 2012 silver Chevrolet sedan driven by a 21-year-old man from Switzerland going in the opposite direction. His passenger was a 22-year-old man from Switzerland.

The Volkswagen then split in two and the 61-year-old driver was ejected from the vehicle.

Parts of the Volkswagen then hit a 2012 gray Dodge van driven by a 32-year-old man from Tokyo. His passenger was a 27-year-old woman from Tokyo.

The two men from Switzerland and the couple from Tokyo were taken by ambulance to Queen’s in serious condition, treated and then released.

This was Oahu’s 49th traffic death, compared to 46 at the same time last year.

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kennie1933 wrote:
In the TV news, police stated that speed may have been a factor and obviously from the crash results, it must have been. I've driven that road many times, and some people do treat it like the Indianapolis Speedway! Plus, I've seen lots of daring attempts to overtake "slower" vehicles with vehicles clearly approaching in the opposite direction. I put "slower" in quotes because most times, the "slower" vehicles are actually going at speed limit. It's just the impatient person going 20 mph OVER that cannot wait. It's Oahu....a tiny island. Will getting there 5 minutes later make that much difference? Leave earlier!
on October 26,2012 | 09:18AM
allie wrote:
way too many accidents up there
on October 26,2012 | 09:45AM
5xcalibir2 wrote:
people need to realize it's all about CHOICES!!!!....they CHOOSE to take risks...nobody has a gun to their head.....people make good choices please!!!!!!
on October 26,2012 | 10:13AM
jess wrote:
I cannot agree with you more. I've lost too many friends on that road due to reckless driving. However, I have also been stuck behind people I've had to overtake, but I always pass safely.
on October 26,2012 | 11:54AM
patk wrote:
Thankfully the innocent tourists were not seriously hurt.
on October 26,2012 | 10:06AM
loquaciousone wrote:
I had to read the article three times to be sure but these tourists must be tougher than an NFL linebacker. How can you go from serious condition to being release with only bruises and abrasions in one day?
on October 26,2012 | 12:01PM
Shh wrote:
Seriously! Even when the volkswagon split in two? Wow amazing! The Lord's angels must of been there is all I can say!
on October 26,2012 | 02:12PM
Anonymous wrote:
Thank goodness the innocent were not killed. Their lives should be saved from a reckless fool who deserved to die. Not to mention, the economic fallout from a tourist's death, considering where they came from in these two cases (cash cow nations), would have resulted in millions of lost tax dollars.
on October 26,2012 | 02:36PM
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