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Grace's Inn owner dies after Pali crash; wife critically injured

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 08:29 p.m. HST, May 22, 2013

An owner of Grace’s Inn died after the SUV he was driving crashed on the Pali Highway this morning.

Restaurant employees of restaurant identified the 76-year-old driver who died as Takashi Kiyozuka.

His wife, Yoko, 67, was also critically injured in the accident.

The accident involved an SUV, which was headed into town when it crashed at 10:28 a.m., authorities said.

The vehicle apparently left the townbound lanes, crossed the median strip and ended on the shoulder of the Kailua-bound lanes.

Police reopened the Pali Highway in both directions more than a hour after the crash.

Town-bound lanes on the Pali Highway were closed at 11:33 a.m. from Castle Junction. At the same time all Kailua-bound lanes on the Pali Highway beginning at Wyllie street in Nuuanu were shut down as the police investigated the accident. The highway was reopened about 1 p.m.

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Mei mei wrote:
i wonder if the elderly gentelman suffered some sort of stroke??... hope they will be alright
on May 22,2013 | 12:28PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Teenage boys also suffer from stroke.
on May 22,2013 | 04:07PM
localguy wrote:
When is HIDOT going to get serious with road safety and put a concrete barrier down the Pali in areas where it is needed? How many more have to die before DOT bureaucrats get off their O K O L E, out of the office, and see the real world. A safely divided highway would eliminate many of the accidents and resulting economic damage from road shutdowns. HIDOT = Bureaucracy.
on May 22,2013 | 12:34PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
not warranted..the median is so wide..blame the drivers that speed and drive drunk
on May 22,2013 | 12:51PM
Who_Said wrote:
on May 22,2013 | 01:22PM
TigerEye wrote:
I guess you have some serious stats on how many have died crossing the median on Pali Highway? Great. Let's see them.
on May 22,2013 | 02:58PM
mikethenovice wrote:
One human casualty is way too much.
on May 22,2013 | 04:12PM
mikethenovice wrote:
At least a 100 more will die.
on May 22,2013 | 04:10PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Wow. I usually am on the Pali highway at that time. Glad I stayed home instead.
on May 22,2013 | 04:08PM
Anonymous wrote:
They need to take away the licenses from the eldery and replace it with free bus passes. They are old and yet fragile like babies, they shouldn't be driving or have that type of freedoms.
on May 22,2013 | 04:40PM
mikethenovice wrote:
How about the hot headed young punks drivers like I was?
on May 22,2013 | 07:10PM
SteveToo wrote:
Nuts to you dude. I'm 70 and aint no way I'm gonna stop driving. Bet you are more fragile than me.
on May 22,2013 | 10:45PM
mikethenovice wrote:
He must have been flying very fast to flip over several times? He should have been following me going the speed limit to be safe.
on May 22,2013 | 07:12PM
Skyler wrote:
Different news sites have him driving @ a high rate of speed... 80 mph, to be exact. Not sure how reliable that was, but to barrel-roll in mid-air, he had to be moving. Wonder if it was a medical condition? RIP & best wishes to his wife for her speedy recovery.
on May 22,2013 | 10:24PM
eros_et_logia wrote:
People need to stop going 65mph out of the Pali tunnel.
on May 22,2013 | 09:41PM
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