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Man killed in Wahiawa police chase crash is identified

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 06:22 p.m. HST, Dec 04, 2012

A Wahiawa man was killed in a crash that also injured two other people outside Schofield Barracks this morning after the car he was in sped away from a police vehicle following an attempt to serve a drug search warrant.

The crash took place on Kunia Road fronting Schofield’s Foote Gate about 7:10 a.m. 

Police said the 39-year-old man who was killed was a passenger in a vehicle driven by a 29-year-old man. The car, a gray 1990 Honda, was speeding on Kunia Road when it ran the red light at Foote Gate and hit a white Camry driven by a 58-year-old woman who was turning into Schofield Barracks, according to police. 

After the initial collision, the Honda hit a metal traffic signal pole and split in two. The 39-year-old passenger was ejected from the car and died at the scene.

The Department of Medical Examiner identified the man as Michael Daraban Jr., 39, of Wahiawa.

The drivers of both cars were seriously injured, police said. The woman’s status was upgraded to good condition later in the day.

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FrankieT wrote:
Another death on a highway that is so unsafe, regardless of how the drivers were driving, the road needs a lot of work. Sad situation
on December 4,2012 | 07:29AM
DaMenace168 wrote:
1) Kunia Rd is NOT a highway, it has alot of trafic lights and only a one lane road until it reaches the barracks. 2) If the road was any "safer" or without pot-holes - I think people would want to speed even more. 3) Don't blame the equiment (cars, guns, etc.) for killing people. It's the USER'S responsibility to operate it in a safe manner. I see it as Darwin's theory for evolution by natural selection!!! Unfortunately, sometimes their decisions impact innocent people too.
on December 4,2012 | 09:59AM
FrankieT wrote:
It is still an unsafe "road"
on December 4,2012 | 12:38PM
polekasta wrote:
How is it a unsafe road. The accident happened in front of Foote Gate. It's a 4 lane road with a dedicated left turn lane with light into Foote Gate. Speed Limit there is 35 mph. Reckless drivers make any road unsafe. It was a reckless driver who caused this accident, not the road.
on December 4,2012 | 06:08PM
loquaciousone wrote:
There is no such thing as an unsafe road --only unsafe drivers. How can an inanimate object have determinate factors?
on December 5,2012 | 06:35AM
HAJAA1 wrote:
No. The drivers make it a death stretch of road. Slow the hell down and obey the rules and save your life. Real what you sow. Tough Bagonias, this one.
on December 4,2012 | 11:22AM
Mahalo wrote:
"HAJAA 1No. The drivers make it a death stretch of road. Slow the hell down and obey the rules and save your life. Real what you sow. Tough Bagonias, this one." TOUGH Bagonias.. REALLY a person in the other car that was just making a turn was seriously hurt. I sure hope its not your family member in that car. Or do you know for fact that the passanger that was killed was on board with the drivers decision to speed? Maybe that person was being held without their permission, maybe that person was begging to be let out of the car or to slow down. Your kinda heartless!
on December 4,2012 | 12:29PM
aomohoa wrote:
I love the drive on Kunia, because it's no nice out there, but I'm always nervous. I would never drive it at night. 7 am surprised me. I can only assume it didn't involve a drunk driver, just someone not paying attention.
on December 4,2012 | 08:08AM
allie wrote:
it scares me
on December 5,2012 | 05:48AM
Anonymous wrote:
How come that no one ever blame on cars if someone got killed in the cars? But if someone killed my guns they make a big deals against guns?
on December 4,2012 | 09:37AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Because cars don't kill people, people killl cars. OK I jest, but do you think its because cars are principally a means of transportation while guns have while having multiple uses (sporting, target shooting, hunting, etc) are also associted with the killing of things? Could it also be becuase fatal auto accidents are often associated by poor judgement which result in a fatality, while guns used to kill humans are more often associated with deliberate acts? Could it also be that guns are often associated with mass skillings of the innocent while fatalities involving cars, while more numerous if you count the boides, typically do not involve one person intentially killing scores of other such as at Verginia Tech? I suspect you are comparing apples and oranges,
on December 4,2012 | 11:00AM
Anonymous wrote:
Anonymous, Hold off on your stupid unnecessary comments
on December 4,2012 | 11:41AM
FrankieT wrote:
Now, now Anonymous, don't get personal, everybody has right to their opinion, there is no such thing as a "stupid unnecessary comments" say your peace and don't get personal. :-)
on December 4,2012 | 12:40PM
cojef wrote:
Some make comments to pass the time, while others have agendas, and others just want to poke fun for whatever reasons. Just go with flow and enjoy!
on December 13,2012 | 04:21PM
false wrote:
Bad analogy brah.
on December 4,2012 | 03:26PM
allie wrote:
This keeps happening out here. Please slow down and follow the rules!
on December 4,2012 | 10:00AM
joshislost wrote:
cops chasing cars to serve papers? shut up allie your stupid
on December 4,2012 | 05:22PM
mrluke wrote:
Chase? It just said he sped away, probably from somewhere in Waipahu. Was there a chase? BTW, I think you meant to say "you're", not "your".
on December 4,2012 | 05:58PM
RichardCory wrote:
Grammar police, represent.
on December 5,2012 | 05:03AM
Sully77 wrote:
Don't blame the road, SPEED KILLS, and from the picture on the story, someone was SPEEDING for the car to be cut-in half like that. people need to SLOW DOWN. Prayers to the family of the deceased!
on December 4,2012 | 10:10AM
FrankieT wrote:
I agree, but the road is still a problem, especially the turns to Schofield Barracks and the Tunnel.
on December 4,2012 | 12:43PM
niimi wrote:
Are Honda's safe? I see more Honda and Acura cars sheared in two than any other make.
on December 4,2012 | 11:06AM
joshislost wrote:
do you know of another car make that if were to be wrapped around a light pole that would be safe?
on December 4,2012 | 05:23PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Looks black to me
on December 4,2012 | 11:20AM
Compassionate_Cat wrote:
WE need cars that drive themselves not just parallel park, We need to use computer technology to overcome human emotion and reaction on the roads which lead to many dangerous collisions. Can you imagine a drug dealer trying to race away from the police and the police can just cause the car to pull over? This is very unfortunate and my heart goes out to those injured and the man who passed away-RIP...
on December 4,2012 | 12:27PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Compassionate, you've been watching "Demolition Man" with Sly.....correct?
on December 4,2012 | 06:31PM
false wrote:
Many and I mean many drivers in Hawaii will tailgate thinking somehow that will make the care in front of them move faster. There needs to be enforcement. I even had a police office in his civilian car, tailgate me and my family in the zipper lane one morning. Can't understand why since I was going the speed limit and in fact following another car.He was the only occupant in the car. Driver are also notoriously running red light all the time also. Someday the will hurt someone.
on December 4,2012 | 03:25PM
allie wrote:
scary out here
on December 5,2012 | 05:49AM
entrkn wrote:
Good riddance... the driver should follow.
on December 4,2012 | 04:17PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
God had a reason for taking Michael Daraban Jr. :(
on December 4,2012 | 06:33PM
reckred wrote:
High speed chases always ends with a fatality
on December 4,2012 | 09:46PM
soundofreason wrote:
4 out of 5 approve of gang rape. Are we done with ignorant statements now?
on December 5,2012 | 05:26AM
40black wrote:
It's idiots like that 29 year old driver running from the cops why I will ALWAYS have a job in corrections. Keep it up dumb A**!! and thank you. it's just sad that someone innocent got hurt.
on December 4,2012 | 11:14PM
nitpikker wrote:
i hate to say this BUT, for once the right person died! too often in these cases its some innocent person that gets killed while the one responsible is injured or escapes completely unharmed!
on December 5,2012 | 05:42AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Definitely feel bad for the lady who was an innocent victim but good riddance to the low life criminal. One less in the community.
on December 5,2012 | 05:43AM
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