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Officials identify Mililani man fatally injured in Nimitz crash

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 5:22 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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