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1 dead, 5 hurt in car pileup in Nanakuli

All lanes have reopened on Farrington Highway

By Star- Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:35 p.m. HST, Mar 16, 2014

One man is dead and another is in police custody following a three-car accident in Nanakuli on Sunday.

According to police, the 3:30 p.m. incident was triggered when a Lexus traveling west on Farrington Highway near Auyong Homestead Road crossed a double solid line and collided with an oncoming Chevrolet.

The force of the collision caused the Chevrolet to spin counterclockwise. Left in a position perpendicular to the lanes of oncoming traffic, the Chevrolet was then broadsided by a Jeep.

The 39-year-old driver of the Chevrolet died at the scene.

Five others were injured, including a 3-year-old boy and a woman in her 40s who were transported in stable condition to a trauma center; a 35-year-old man and 27-year-old woman who were taken in stable condition to an area hospital; and a man in his 20s who refused transport, according to an Emergency Medical Services report.

The driver of the Lexus, identified as a man in his 40s, was arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide, according to Lt. Robert Towne of the Honolulu Police Department's Traffic Division.

Traffic on Farrington Highway was slowed for several hours as a contra-flow lane was set up from Kahau Street to Auyong Homestead Road so police could investigate the crash.

This was the 15th traffic fatality this year on Oahu's roads, compared with 17 at this time last year.

Nanakuli has been the scene of several recent traffic deaths.

On Dec. 28 a crash near the Kahe Point power plant killed three people, including a toddler, and seriously injured five others.

The crash involved a 2010 Honda sedan carrying four people, which collided with a 2007 Nissan pickup truck at about 8:30 p.m., police said. The passengers in the Honda, an 18-year-old woman, a 1-year-old girl and a man in his 30s, died at the scene.

On Jan. 3 a pedestrian was struck and killed while crossing Farrington Highway near the Kahe power plant. Police said several cars swerved to avoid the man as he crossed the highway. 

He was struck by a Ford F-250 pickup truck driven by a woman in her 40s.

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rayhawaii wrote:
Always someone driving slow in the left lane pissing off someone trying to pass then someone crossing the street and speedy thinks what now and speeds around and KABOOM. Maybe not this one but usually the case or close.
on March 16,2014 | 06:27PM
hikine wrote:
Slow? You mean someone following the speed limit! Peeps always speed over there and put everyone's lives in danger. As you can see it's not worth speeding... speed kills. Peeps just don't learn.
on March 16,2014 | 06:35PM
rayhawaii wrote:
If Peeps have to drive slow, stay in the right lane then these speeding over the speed limit Peeps won't be as much pissed off. Some speed limit Peeps stay in the right lane and a slow Peep does the speed limit but has to drive next to right lane Peep and no one can pass building up dozens of pissed off Peeps right behind. So many dead Peeps on the Westside from accidents.
on March 16,2014 | 07:54PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Peeps should manage their anger. Drive with aloha
on March 16,2014 | 08:13PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Nanakuli, you said it best. Have patience and manage your anger. So many lives are changed forever, due to impatient Lexus.
on March 17,2014 | 03:40AM
hikine wrote:
So you defending the killer driver? I betcha you one try catch da light and no care if you hurt someone.
on March 16,2014 | 10:54PM
makahaman321 wrote:
Simple....just obey the speed limit. Not a hard concept that everyone can understand...and then there are those weavers than think they get ahead by darting back and forth. It's really not going to get you there any faster-just irritate everyone and cause road rage.
on March 17,2014 | 03:02AM
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