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Mililani man killed in crash had just enlisted

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 07:46 a.m. HST, Mar 20, 2013

The 20-year-old Mililani man, who was killed Monday in a two-car crash near Honolulu Airport, had just enlisted in the Hawaii Air National Guard and was awaiting orders to attend basic training in Texas.

The Medical Examiner's Officer identified the victim as Mark Spofford.

The Hawaii Air National Guard said that Spofford was to be assigned to the 154th Maintenance Squadron after completing basic training and technical school.

Police said the accident occurred at the intersection of Kamehameha Highway and Valkenburgh Street at 4:05 a.m. 

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.

Spofford was ejected from his car, police said. He 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.

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

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FrankieT wrote:
Sad, so sad. Freak accident?
on March 20,2013 | 09:14AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
It seems like someone ran the traffic light, and the young man's car got t-boned. So sad, a young life lost.
on March 20,2013 | 09:19AM
Anonymous wrote:
Why does the photo caption give his age as 37?
on March 20,2013 | 10:10AM
olos73 wrote:
That's what SA reported in the beginning. Even the story was 37, but they updated the story, not the caption.
on March 20,2013 | 11:50AM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Because it appears after all the SA layoffs, that's the kind of journalism Hawaii is left with.....mediocre kind.
on March 20,2013 | 12:02PM
FWS wrote:
Not sure why it says Kamehameha Highway either because it was Nimitz Highway.
on March 20,2013 | 11:50AM
olos73 wrote:
Yeah, that intersection is still Nimitz Hwy, but later it changes to Kamehameha Hwy. when you're heading to Pearl Harbor, stadium, etc., if you keep on the left instead of going to H1 via the right lane.
on March 20,2013 | 01:01PM
olos73 wrote:
Extreme left lane heads to Hickam, where the jeep driver was headed according to another report.
on March 20,2013 | 01:05PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
FWS, that intersection is where Nimitz Highway ends, and the north-bound Kamehameha highway begins.
on March 20,2013 | 03:58PM
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