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Driver legally drunk in truck crash that killed 2

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:42 a.m. HST, May 15, 2013

A Kailua man was drunk May 5 when his pickup truck hit a tree on the Pali Highway, killing himself and a teenage girl and injuring another girl, the Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office said.

Deputy Medical Examiner Mike Kobayashi said Tuesday Mark Garcia had was 0.123 blood-alcohol count, well over the legal limit of 0.08.

Also killed in the accident was Kamalani Kalama, 13. Both were from Kailua.

Speed was a factor in the crash, police said.

Garcia lost control of the truck, which went off the highway and ended up hitting a tree on the west side of the Pali, a half mile north of Nuuanu Pali Drive, at 12:25 a.m. a half mile north of Nuuanu Pali Drive on the Pali Highway.

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hikine wrote:
A very high price to pay for driving drunk. People just don't listen and think it won't happen to them.
on May 14,2013 | 05:41PM
Hawaiians wrote:
Legally ? I don't get it.
on May 14,2013 | 08:03PM
niimi wrote:
Indeed, the ultimate price. I late evening--fatigued driver. Very drunk, so impaired judgement on speed. Wet roads were the conditions, I believe. Exceeding the speed limit. The confluence of all those factors led to Mr. Garcia losing control of his vehicle, crashing and killing himself and a passenger.
on May 14,2013 | 09:00PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Mark Garcia is a Murderer, I feel so sorry for the 2 girls involved in this accident.
on May 14,2013 | 05:54PM
niimi wrote:
This is why the BAC levels need to be reduced to 0.05% nationally. Gosh, prayers for the families involved.
on May 14,2013 | 08:57PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Murderer. Enough said.
on May 14,2013 | 10:00PM
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