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Police charge Ewa Beach man in 2012 wrong-way collision

By Star-Advertiser

LAST UPDATED: 09:48 a.m. HST, Jan 07, 2014

Following a year-long investigation, a 39-year-old Ewa Beach man has been charged with hitting a pickup truck head-on after driving the wrong way on H-2 freeway, critically injuring the pickup's driver.

Pedro Ortiz was arrested Sunday on two counts of first-degree negligent injury, driving with a suspended license and hitting several city road signs while driving the wrong way on the H-2 on Nov. 8, 2012. A drunken driving charge against Ortiz is pending, according to police. His bail was set at $25,000.

Police said the suspect drove a Toyota Sequoia SUV south in a northbound lane of the freeway, about a mile south of the Meheula Parkway overpass. The suspect's vehicle hit the Mazda pickup truck, which was traveling north.

Ortiz entered the freeway by using the Mililani Mauka off-ramp and was driving south on northbound lanes when he collided with the Mazda truck, police said.

The Waipahu man, who was driving the Mazda pickup truck, was pinned in the cab of the vehicle and taken to the hospital in critical condition.

The suspect had minor injuries.

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HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Why was it two counts instead of one? Why was the bail only $25,000? Seems bail needs to be higher. I would be surprised if his license gets reinstated.
on January 7,2014 | 09:46AM
Kealii wrote:
Sad to say I wouldn't be surprised. Just another example of how things work on this island.
on January 7,2014 | 12:17PM
GeoDiva wrote:
Not sure why it took a year to investigate if he was going the wrong way. Talk about island time!
on January 7,2014 | 10:27AM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Good luck in trying to get a conviction since it took one year to charge the defendant much less any chance of getting the defendant to serve jail time.....
on January 7,2014 | 10:55AM
iwanaknow wrote:
His conviction will get thrown out due to slow justice?
on January 7,2014 | 12:21PM
Wazdat wrote:
over 1 year to get this guy? WOW
on January 7,2014 | 11:15AM
Kealii wrote:
Well, on the bright side -- better late than never?
on January 7,2014 | 12:18PM
dlum003 wrote:
How do you get on the northbpund lanes from Mililani? That guy must have ben hammered
on January 7,2014 | 12:40PM
paniolo wrote:
He came from Mililani Mauka and down the Mauka off-ramp. Yeah, must've been really hammered because as he came out of Mauka, he would have to cross over the opposite lanes that head into Mauka, then go down the off-ramp.
on January 7,2014 | 12:53PM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
With a suspended license, it will be interesting to know just who lent their vehicle to Mr. Ortiz, then that person should be held liable, either criminally or civilly.
on January 7,2014 | 06:59PM
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