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Police say speed was factor in fiery North Shore crash

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 07:04 a.m. HST, May 20, 2014

Speed appears to be a factor in a fiery crash that left a man dead in a pineapple field off Kamehameha Highway near Paalaa Uka Pupukea Road on the North Shore Monday.

Police said witnesses saw a 2011 Nissan Rogue sports cutting in and out of traffic when the driver of the  sports utility vehicle lost control and hit a utility pole at about 6:25 p.m.

The Nissan ended up in a pineapple field and burst into flames, police said.

The crash prompted the closure of Kamehameha Highway in both directions on Monday evening as police investigated the accident.

The road was reopened about 11 p.m. Monday.

According to Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. David Jenkins, a witness checked on the driver but could not locate a pulse.

The witness attempted to extricate the pinned driver but had to retreat when the car caught on fire, Jenkins said.

When firefighters arrived at 6:35 p.m. the found the car fully engulfed in flames, Jenkins said.

Firefighers brought the fire under control by 6:40 p.m.

The driver of the vehicle was burned beyond recognition and was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:04 p.m.

Police said it is not known if drugs or alcohol were factors or if seat belts were used.

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lowtone123 wrote:
Problem was people in the area noticed this car was driving dangerously for days leading up to this. Problem solved.
on May 20,2014 | 07:25AM
cojef wrote:
Burned beyond recognition is hard way to die. Sad.
on May 20,2014 | 08:56AM
Morimoto wrote:
Well if there was no pulse before the car caught on fire, I'd think he was dead, or close to it, before the fire burned him. Not really sad, this is justice, he could have killed some innocent person. There's no need to feel sad for this criminal at all. He got what was coming to him.
on May 20,2014 | 09:49AM
akio wrote:
One less nut on the road
on May 20,2014 | 09:06AM
Morimoto wrote:
Another one bites the dust, good for him. Our roads just got a little safer after this rodent died.
on May 20,2014 | 09:50AM
808Cindy wrote:
I believe most readers will feel a degree of justice in this final out come. The innocent and law abiding were not affected by this foolishness.
on May 20,2014 | 11:07AM
amela wrote:
Thank god he didn't injure any innocent people, that would have been a tragedy!
on May 20,2014 | 02:01PM
realist3463 wrote:
Let's hope he did not breed before he died.
on May 20,2014 | 06:21PM
Papakolea wrote:
The "Ainokea" attitude claims another victim. Be safe out there, people.
on May 20,2014 | 07:04PM
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