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Officials identify Mililani man fatally injured in Nimitz crash

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 05:22 p.m. HST, Mar 18, 2013

A 20-year-old Mililani man was fatally injured early this morning in a two-car crash near Honolulu Airport.

Police said the accident was at the intersection of Kamehameha Highway and Valkenburgh Street at 4:05 a.m. The Medical Examiner’s Officer identified him as Mark Spofford.

Police said Spofford was driving a sedan south on Valkenburgh when a Jeep traveling west on Kamehameha Highway broadsided his car. Police did not say which driver had the green light.

Police said the Mililani man was ejected from his car.

Emergency Medical Services said Spofford was taken in extremely critical condition at 4:40 a.m. to Tripler Army Medical Center, where he died.

The driver of the Jeep, a man from Ewa Beach, was not injured, police said.

Westbound traffic on Nimitz Highway — which merges into Kamehameha Highway at Valkenburgh — was diverted to Elliott Street. Police opened the highway about 8 a.m.

Police said it was Oahu’s 15th traffic fatality this year, compared with 16 at this time last year.

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allie wrote:
please drive slowly and with aloha!
on March 18,2013 | 07:30AM
France wrote:
Buckle up!
on March 18,2013 | 07:38AM
olos73 wrote:
Too many people speed at this intersection.
on March 18,2013 | 07:49AM
kawikakoike96819 wrote:
on March 18,2013 | 08:05AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Pass all the laws you want. Take out public service ads on TV. Spread the word on drinking and/or speeding. It will NOT help. This will continue to happen because some people do not understand the possible consequences. The really bad result is that some innocent will be injured or killed due to the negligence of irresponsible people.
on March 18,2013 | 08:58AM
miss_laulau wrote:
You are so right, Publicbraddah, it's always the innocent who dies and the guilty who walk away unscathed.
on March 18,2013 | 11:00AM
foursun wrote:
agree Local drivers are the worst ever
on March 18,2013 | 07:19PM
allie wrote:
too much speeding out here
on March 19,2013 | 06:54AM
Bully wrote:
Dumb people cause accidents.
on March 18,2013 | 09:09AM
foursun wrote:
agree too many local drivers don't know how to drive
on March 18,2013 | 07:20PM
polekasta wrote:
I agree with that comment
on March 18,2013 | 09:10PM
kgolfinghawaii wrote:
From the looks of that crash the only way he is ejected is not wearing a seat belt. Never worth leaving it off no matter the speed. I hope this guy didn't have kids and a wife waiting for him.
on March 18,2013 | 09:19AM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Who recalls last St. Patrick's Day....after the block party? Man dies on Nimitz (near Sand Island I believe), alcohol a major factor. Same situation here? Block party closed earlier but bars in area still open. Google it, it's so similar and creepy.
on March 18,2013 | 09:25AM
moondog73 wrote:
Mandatory seatbelt laws for adults are useless. It is a fact that using seatbelts (and helmets for those who ride bikes, mopeds and motorcycles) increases your chances of surviving an accident. Knowing that should be enough incentive to buckle up. Those that don’t are idiots and we could sure use less idiots in this world. Seatbelts and other appropriate restraints should be mandatory for children under 18 years of age because they don’t know any better.
on March 18,2013 | 10:29AM
foursun wrote:
agree too many bad local drivers make it worse by not using seatbelts and helmets...not smart
on March 18,2013 | 07:21PM
serious wrote:
I was on vacation in New Mexico years ago and the state patrol, and other law enforcers, had a huge--I guess you would call it a funnel--to get every vehicle to go through a single line, where, it was fast, but everyone had to show their drivers license, insurance, they checked the registration and the due date on the tabs, and seat belts. The officer had me roll down the window to "sniff" me for alcohol. Not sure of the percentages, but there were a huge number of cars pulled over for some sort of problem. I didn't mind--safety--you see it all over--safety first--but most of the time it's just an expression.
on March 18,2013 | 11:32AM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
HPD has done that a few times at the Zoo, they funnel all traffic into parking lot of the Shell, and EVERYONE gets a sobriety check. I've also seen them run a checkpoint under the freeway at Harding and Kapahulu (near the old KC Drive In). Great places to do it, since many people leave Waikiki via "the back way"
on March 18,2013 | 12:00PM
kiragirl wrote:
I think it is illegal for the police to do such a thing. There are so many things being violated by the police so must be what you mentioned happened many many years ago.
on March 18,2013 | 01:38PM
false wrote:
To be ejected from the car like that wow.
on March 18,2013 | 11:47AM
808mami wrote:
First he was 37, now hes 20?
on March 18,2013 | 11:53AM
olos73 wrote:
With all these news reports, you have to wait until they identify the person. They keep making "estimates" first when they report, then they "update" age, etc. later. It's confusing when one report says one thing, and another says something else. I usually read all the news websites and see if at least 2 are in common.
on March 18,2013 | 12:28PM
Dawg wrote:
Please take time to pray for the family and those whose lives will be affected forever. We as parents need to make sure to teach our children and grandkids what is right and the consequences of making wrong decisions.
on March 18,2013 | 12:08PM
Tahitigirl55 wrote:
What is aloha? People just don't care. They speed and where are they going? Drivers ask yourself "is it that important to speed and maybe take the life of someone else or drink"? When I drive people just speed and cut infront of me. I finally catch up with them at a light and I always ask them "if they need to make DODO or if they have the runs that is why they are driving fast. You should see the look on their faces when asked this question. People take your time the place you are going to is not going to run away.
on March 18,2013 | 12:44PM
foursun wrote:
agree Tahitigirl aloha is dead Locals are the most incourteous around in addition to being ignorant of safety and the rules of the road. They all drive like blind mice
on March 18,2013 | 07:23PM
allie wrote:
on March 19,2013 | 06:55AM
allie wrote:
on March 19,2013 | 06:54AM
lowtone123 wrote:
From a 37 year old man to a 20 year old man? Nice work SA.
on March 18,2013 | 01:19PM
KammyKam wrote:
Who cares??? Quit crying....
on March 18,2013 | 01:49PM
cojef wrote:
Wasn't buckled down, unless it was defective. If not he may have not have had to die. Taking chances or tempting fate if you do notbuckle up. Sad, so young.
on March 18,2013 | 02:22PM
foursun wrote:
agree it's been documented that drivers in Hawaii are the worst...dangerous
on March 18,2013 | 07:24PM
tobyclairmont wrote:
May God bless the family so terribly affected by this tragedy.
on March 18,2013 | 02:56PM
allie wrote:
on March 19,2013 | 06:55AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
foursun, that's the SIXTH negative comment about local drivers. I guess you're a white traffic professional who dislikes locals, yes?
on March 19,2013 | 06:51AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
"A 20-year-old Mililani man was fatally injured early this morning in a two-car crash near Honolulu Airport." Shouldn't this read "yesterday morning"? If I were an English teacher, SA writers would be continually going back to square one.
on March 19,2013 | 07:04AM
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