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Medical Examiner identifies man, girl killed in Pali crash

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 07:45 p.m. HST, May 06, 2013

The Medical Examiner’s office has identified the two people who were killed when a pickup hit a tree on the Pali Highway early Sunday morning.

The third occupant — a 15-year-old girl —  was taken in critical condition to the hospital.

Killed at the Pali Highway traffic scene were Mark Garcia, 33, and Kamalani Kalama, 13. The two were living in Kailua.

Police said the Kailua man driving the vehicle lost control of the truck, which went off the highway and ended up in a tree on the westside of the Pali Highway. The accident occurred half a mile north of Nuuanu Pali Drive on the Pali Highway at 12:25 a.m. Garcia was heading north.

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

An autopsy will be conducted to determine cause of death.

There have been 26 traffic deaths, compared to 21 at the same time a year ago.

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.







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maunawili1 wrote:
A 33 yr old man and two teenage girls ? Hhmmmmmm!
on May 6,2013 | 09:11AM
cnr94 wrote:
I don't know what you were thinking, but one was his daughter who is in critical. The other was her friend.
on May 6,2013 | 09:35AM
maunawili1 wrote:
at 12:30 in the morning? Great parenting!
on May 6,2013 | 04:59PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
maunawili, have you ever driven your family home from an event at 12:30am or later? Your mind is in the gutter.
on May 6,2013 | 09:08PM
Morimoto wrote:
Good the driver died, at least now the roads are a little safer. One less lolo to threaten my safety on the roads. At least no other innocent person except the passenger was killed. Rot in hell.
on May 6,2013 | 09:44AM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Whoa Morimoto! Best you take a sword to your stomach with those feelings.
on May 6,2013 | 09:49AM
inverse wrote:
You want the Iron Chef to committ seppuku?
on May 6,2013 | 10:26AM
Morimoto wrote:
SO I guess you'd rather have this guy still out on the road endangering innocent lives without a second thought right? I 100% stand by my original statement.
on May 6,2013 | 11:00AM
HAJAA1 wrote:
No. But your VERY emotional reaction is based only on the initial media reports - Star Advertiser media reports on top of that. Yeahhhhh, I'd wait a while first, these guys can't even go out and take fresh pictures to accompany their stories. Instead they use crests of different departments.
on May 6,2013 | 12:31PM
Morimoto wrote:
Emotional really? I'm not emotional, I'm a realist, I have no tolerance for those who recklessly put me or my loved ones in danger. They are all better off dead so they can't hurt others. End of story. One car crashes are almost always the result of driver error and I'd bet money that this guy was driving recklessly. If that's the case my opinion stands. HOWEVER IF IT WAS SOMETHING THAT WASN'T THE RESULT OF RECKLESS DRIVER BEHAVIOR I'D HAVE TO RETRACT MY OPINION.
on May 6,2013 | 01:38PM
niimi wrote:
About 12 years ago my cousin was cut off by another driver. He swerved of the road and up an embankment; that rather than being hit by that driver. The other driver kept going My cousin was seriously injured. The comments about his "driving" were just as rude as those brought forth here by Morimoto. I believe one article does not justify such prejudgement. Perhaps the only way for the likes or Morimoto might be to have let that other driver hit my cousins car so that it would have been rock solid clear that he had in fact swerved to avoid impact with another driver doing an unsafe lane change.
on May 6,2013 | 11:14PM
sak wrote:
Bachi to you too, with thoughts like that! Accidents can happen to anyone at any time.
on May 6,2013 | 05:21PM
grantos wrote:
a little harsh since you don't really know any facts beyond what the news media reports
on May 6,2013 | 09:50AM
Morimoto wrote:
Fair enough, I'm just basing my opinion on one story, for all we know it could have been a stuck gas pedal that caused the excessive speed. One car crashes are almost always the result of driver error and I'd bet money that this guy was driving recklessly. If that's the case my opinion stands, if it was something that wasn't the result of driver error, I'd have to take back my statement.
on May 6,2013 | 11:00AM
allie wrote:
yikes!
on May 6,2013 | 12:08PM
sak wrote:
Words are like bullets, you can't put the bullet back into the gun.
on May 6,2013 | 05:23PM
niimi wrote:
Or some driver who cut off Mr. Garcia.
on May 6,2013 | 11:14PM
kiragirl wrote:
Your comments are disgusting!
on May 6,2013 | 01:09PM
Morimoto wrote:
It's okay if you feel that way as you are entitled to your opinion just as I am mine. To me all human life isn't equal. It's really simple math, one less reckless driver=a slightly less chance of me encountering him on the roadways and harm coming to me because of it..
on May 6,2013 | 01:42PM
kiragirl wrote:
Your opinion is not an issue. It is your comments such as 'rot in hell' that is pathetic!
on May 6,2013 | 01:57PM
Morimoto wrote:
A killer of innocents deserves such a comment if he was driving recklessly. You obviously aren't thinking logically.
on May 6,2013 | 02:24PM
kiragirl wrote:
You don't know what happened yet you spew venom. Society would be better off with one less disgusting and pathetic person which is you.
on May 6,2013 | 02:46PM
Morimoto wrote:
I can tell you're impulsive and without logic if something offends you. Guess I should have included a disclaimer in my original post. Here's a copy and paste form my post to another poster above: I'm a realist, I have no tolerance for those who recklessly put me or my loved ones in danger. They are all better off dead so they can't hurt others. End of story. One car crashes are almost always the result of driver error and I'd bet money that this guy was driving recklessly. If that's the case my opinion stands. HOWEVER IF IT WAS SOMETHING THAT WASN'T THE RESULT OF RECKLESS DRIVER BEHAVIOR I'D HAVE TO RETRACT MY OPINION.
on May 6,2013 | 03:30PM
kiragirl wrote:
You should read what others are saying about your comments. You don't even know and realize the difference between caring and understanding verses your pathetic self-righteous attitude. You must think you're perfect that everything you do benefits society. Sorry to disappoint you but you are not perfect and should look in the mirror before you cuss others.
on May 6,2013 | 04:01PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
A lot of reckless drivers know when they can get away with their behavior. Maybe we need to have unmarked police cars traveling through the freeways and highways. That would make these offenders think twice before speeding or making dangerous maneuvers. We do have speed traps but obviously we need to have roving unmarked cars.
on May 6,2013 | 09:52AM
Morimoto wrote:
The thing is the police have limited resources. They don't have the manpower to have cops driving in traffic just looking for reckless driving. But that would be good if they did that.
on May 6,2013 | 11:02AM
allie wrote:
God be with them. Please slow down out there
on May 6,2013 | 12:07PM
W_Williams wrote:
So sad. My aloha to the families. Shame on the person below who so callously comments, "Good, the driver died." Not even when two of the men involved in my `ohana memeber's death died did I even THINK that way. So, perfect person, I hope no one in your family ever has to go through what this man's family and loved ones are experiencing right now.
on May 6,2013 | 02:03PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Amen, I understand
on May 6,2013 | 08:18PM
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