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Driver in fatal crash near Makua Cave held on other charges

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 03:48 p.m. HST, Jun 17, 2013

The 18-year-old man, who was driving a pickup truck carrying 12 people that crashed into a concrete barrier near Makua Cave early Saturday morning, remains in custody unable to post $1,250 bail on four outstanding bench warrants.

The driver, who was arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide and first-degree accidental death, turned himself in to police at the main station on Beretania Street at 11:40 a.m. Saturday and was to be released pending investigation five hours later, but was unable to bail on the unrelated bench warrants, several of them for traffic violations. Charges are pending against the man, who did not list a local address when he was arrested.

Identification of one of the six passengers of the truck, whose body was found on the ground outside of the truck cab, after firefighters extinguished the truck fire is pending, the Medical Examiner’s office said today. Five people were riding in the bed of the truck.

The crash was reported at 12:04 a.m. 

Paramedics took three girls, ages 13, 14, 15 and one boy, 16, to the hospital in serious condition.

Other occupants, including the driver, fled the scene, police said.

Police said witnesses reported that the truck was traveling very erratically toward Kaena Point State Park before the crash occurred.

Police said the truck was weaving and speeding as it traveled north on Farrington Highway. It went off the road, hit a concrete piling and burst into flames about a half-mile north of Makua Cave, police said.

Speed is believed to have been a factor.

The victim was the 33rd traffic fatality on Oahu this year, compared with 27 at the same time last year.

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loquaciousone wrote:
Lolo kid just threw his future away.
on June 17,2013 | 08:21AM
olos73 wrote:
Nowadays, get plenty kids doing the same thing.
on June 17,2013 | 08:32AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
I guess he needed some time to sober up prior to turning himself in.
on June 17,2013 | 08:29AM
50skane wrote:
He couldn't get nabbed at the scene by the police with all that booze and/or drugs in his system, so he dug out. Now he turns himself in because he knows the police are looking for him after the other passengers who (who were too injured to run away) gave his information. Hopefully one of those passengers knew him well otherwise he will say he wasn't even there and they are mixing him up with another guy that looks like him...Too bad the drivers almost always aren't the ones to die, but their passengers are.
on June 17,2013 | 08:41AM
olos73 wrote:
Yeah, didn't want to get caught for underage drinking and DUI. And yes, it's usually the innocent ones that die. So sad...
on June 17,2013 | 10:37AM
bluebowl wrote:
How come he was released with no local address given. How are HPD going to find him when he already has outstanding warrants.
on June 17,2013 | 08:48AM
hanalei395 wrote:
People getting into vehicle with the driver who doesn't look sober, who doesn't seem sober ...should assume that they will be killed.
on June 17,2013 | 08:54AM
star808 wrote:
Never get into a car with a drunk driver. Friends don't let friends drive drunk.
on June 17,2013 | 09:43AM
olos73 wrote:
And if they do, this is what happens.
on June 17,2013 | 10:38AM
FrankieT wrote:
Wait a minute, doesn't this lolo have outstanding warrants and other problems with the law. Why, would you release him. Go figure
on June 17,2013 | 09:47AM
8082062424 wrote:
he went to court this morning for his outstanding warrants
on June 17,2013 | 10:46AM
olos73 wrote:
Just like when you go fishing...tag and release. They like see how many times they can catch him, and release him. They going wait til get plenty serious kine, then, they might lock him up.
on June 17,2013 | 02:23PM
saveparadise wrote:
Bookem and releasem Danno......INSANITY continues!
on June 17,2013 | 10:43AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
He has 4 outstanding bench warrants including several for traffic violations and his bail is only $1,250? Strange judicial system we have here. I wonder what the parents of those in his truck that night have to say.
on June 17,2013 | 12:31PM
bluebowl wrote:
Wonder who his parents are? Seems like low bail
on June 17,2013 | 01:49PM
mrluke wrote:
Sounds like routine bail for most traffic warrants.
on June 17,2013 | 03:02PM
mrluke wrote:
Explanation: The $1,250 bail for his bench warrants was set when the warrants were issued. Regarding the accident, he was "released, pending further investigation". Whenever the case is sent to the prosecutor's office and he is eventually indicted for any charges he will be re-arrested and bail will be set for that.
on June 17,2013 | 03:00PM
bluebowl wrote:
But no local and of course no other address for him. How will they find him?
on June 17,2013 | 05:21PM
mrluke wrote:
He can't be held without being charged. But they know who he is and where to find him!
on June 17,2013 | 07:09PM
888yaya wrote:
where are all the parents of these kids?
on June 21,2013 | 06:05PM
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