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2 dead, teenager critically injured in Pali Highway crash

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 07:05 a.m. HST, May 06, 2013

Two people are dead and a 15-year-old girl was in critical condition after a pickup truck crashed into a tree on the Pali Highway early Sunday  morning.

The crash happened at about 12:25 a.m. near Waokanaka Street, paramedics said. A 24-year-old man died at the scene, according to an Emergency Medical Services report. Paramedics also took a 15-year-old girl to the hospital in critical condition.

Police said an adult woman was also pronounced dead at the scene. Paramedics initially said the victim was a 15-year-old girl.

Police said the Kailua man driving the vehicle lost control of the truck, which went off the highway and ended up in a tree.

Speed is factor in the crash. Police are still investigating if alcohol was involved.

Police are also asking for help in finding out what happened. Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call traffic investigators at 723-3413

Police closed the Kailua-bound lanes of Pali Highway for several hours while they investigated the crash.

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allie wrote:
too many abuse the privilege of driving. Slow down out there!
on May 5,2013 | 07:44AM
1local wrote:
Clayton hee should crack down on alcohol use, riding in the back of trucks, no helmets on cycles, modified mopeds, talking on phones while a pedestrian in roadways, underage out after curfew...
on May 5,2013 | 09:16AM
agile wrote:
I call police each time I see juveniles in back of pick up trucks and they do nothing.
on May 5,2013 | 12:04PM
allie wrote:
agree..i am amazed this is allowed
on May 5,2013 | 12:13PM
hikine wrote:
That's because it's not against the law. Stop wasting 911 calls for something more serious!
on May 5,2013 | 12:23PM
BluesBreaker wrote:
There's no law against riding in a pickup bed in Hawaii, so don't bother calling the cops.
on May 5,2013 | 03:07PM
copperwire9 wrote:
If you're relying on Clayton Hee, well...good luck.
on May 5,2013 | 03:38PM
mikethenovice wrote:
This comment has been deleted.
on May 5,2013 | 08:02AM
aomohoa wrote:
Clearing the bad gene pool but to bad they take innocent people with them.
on May 5,2013 | 09:26AM
niimi wrote:
If one is part of the gene pool to get into a car with a crazy driver I don't necessarily think as highly of that passenger's genes.
on May 5,2013 | 11:24AM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
sure.. blame the 15 yr old. She should have known better right?
on May 5,2013 | 01:40PM
aomohoa wrote:
Actually I blame the adult involved.
on May 5,2013 | 08:44PM
yrusodz wrote:
I hope that kid will be ok and maybe next time think twice about riding in the back of a pickup like that. My only regret is that they keep missing allie. Darn!!
on May 5,2013 | 01:53PM
olos73 wrote:
On KHON2's evening news, the police spokesperson said the 15-year-old was the passenger in the front seat and she did wear her seat belt. The other female that died, was in the back (possibly extended cab) and not wearing her seat belt. Nobody rode in the back of the truck.
on May 5,2013 | 07:09PM
aomohoa wrote:
Thanks for the update. It is sad that people don't get the need for seat belts. I was young a stupid once too. I guess I was just lucky when I got hit head on by a drunk and I only broke a few bones. I didn't have seat belt on. I learned after that.
on May 5,2013 | 08:47PM
niimi wrote:
Everyone out there should be learning basic science including biology, chemistry and physics. The higher the baseline knowledge level of the average person the better off is our society.
on May 5,2013 | 11:24AM
mikethenovice wrote:
The speed limit signs are not for decoration. Heed what it says. Go 35MPH if that's what it says. I don't like that slow speed, but the laws says it for our safety.
on May 5,2013 | 08:04AM
false wrote:
Rain, fatigue and alcohol? are devastating partners. Caution is advised when the two primary conditions are operating. Alcohol is no improvement on the odds for survival. Life can be really complicated for surviving at 15. That's a lot of living with the results of such an accident. Hope she recovers and does well.
on May 5,2013 | 08:44AM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
Alcohol or texting........what do you wanna bet?
on May 5,2013 | 08:42AM
yrusodz wrote:
Dude - maybe or maybe just stupid enough to think they're better drivers than they actually are? You've seen them, weaving in and out of traffic, cutting off busses or big rigs, etc.
on May 5,2013 | 02:03PM
Big C wrote:
Speed is factor in the crash. Police are still investigating if alcohol was involved... How about POOR driving skills or lack of common driving sense.
on May 5,2013 | 09:01AM
aomohoa wrote:
You have no common sense if you drink and drive!
on May 5,2013 | 09:27AM
aomohoa wrote:
Hey, if you want to drink and drive make sure you only kill yourself!
on May 5,2013 | 09:25AM
soundofreason wrote:
It's always a good idea to have your 15 yr old out on the streets and 12:30 a.m. :/
on May 5,2013 | 10:42AM
niimi wrote:
Rule 1: Don't go where you should not go. Going out until the late evening--accident at 12:25 AM. Rule 2: Don't do what you should not do. Choosing to get into a vehicle with a crazy driver. And the driver allegedly driving at an excessive speed was no help.
on May 5,2013 | 11:27AM
LadyNinja wrote:
Only one life chance, why challenge it?
on May 5,2013 | 11:41AM
Hawaiians wrote:
My heart goes out to the family that has lost loved ones today.
on May 5,2013 | 12:03PM
hikine wrote:
Speed and slippery roads from rain makes for a deadly combination. Every time I drive the Pali people always drive fast as if they're late for something. I always ignore backseat drivers who tell me to go faster!
on May 5,2013 | 12:22PM
tiki886 wrote:
If you are driving below the minimum speed limit of 40, you are a hazard!!
on May 5,2013 | 10:53PM
hikine wrote:
That too! I always drive the speed limit or 5 mph above it. Large pick-ups and SUVs are notorious speed demons. I hope they know that the bigger the vehicle the more they lose control in emergency situations.
on May 6,2013 | 02:08AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Although the story did not state that any occupant of the truck was in the truck bed, it is amazing to me that we are now legislating a law to required backseat passengers to wear seat belts while we still allow passengers in truck beds. We have laws against young children to be in child safety seats but many minors are seen riding in truck beds.
on May 5,2013 | 02:18PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
If those solo bike officers would concentrate on tagging these people with kids in the back of trucks (not to mention the 20% of cars with expired safety checks and 25% of those without no-fault) instead of pulling over folks going 65 in a 55, maybe some lives could be saved.
on May 5,2013 | 05:22PM
mrluke wrote:
Lots of people jumping to conclusions. NOWHERE in the story does it say where the girl was riding.
on May 5,2013 | 06:50PM
olos73 wrote:
KHON2's site said this girl was in the front seat and wearing her seat belt, as was the driver. However, the woman that died was in the back seat and was not wearing her seat belt. Nobody was in the bed of the truck.
on May 5,2013 | 07:38PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
And nobody is saying they know where she was either.
on May 5,2013 | 07:43PM
ejkorvette wrote:
Bless their Souls. I hope the trend stops.
on May 5,2013 | 09:16PM
tiki886 wrote:
Are you a member of the "Mile High Club"? It's a good thing I wasn't flying the plane.
on May 5,2013 | 11:09PM
Parkeiki wrote:
the paper and tv should check their facts before reporting. apparently the "woman" who died was a 14 year old girl and the driver of the truck was the father of the surviving teen. and please hold off on judgements and nasty comments until all the facts about the accident come out!
on May 6,2013 | 08:15AM
olos73 wrote:
Agree with you. So many inconsistencies. This SA story said the driver was 24, but other news sites said 33 and the father of the 14-year-old girl. SA says she's 15. That's why I go to all the news sites and try to get common denominators. Can't blame only one because they ALL miss out on the facts. That's why they do updates.
on May 6,2013 | 08:35AM
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