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Driver in fatal crash near Makua Cave remains in custody

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 09:52 a.m. HST, Jun 18, 2013

The 18-year-old driver of the pickup truck remains in custody at Oahu Community Correctional Center while police investigate the fiery truck crash near Makua Cave early Saturday morning that killed one boy and sent four teenagers to the hospital.

Kamealohanakekaiau Wilbur-Delima was transferred to OCCC Monday following a District Court hearing to answer charges of failing to appear for four misdemeanor offenses, which resulted in the issuance of bench warrants, a Department of Public Safety spokesman said.

Charges of negligent homicide and first-degree accidental death are pending.

Wilbur-Delima turned himself in at the main police station at 11:40 a.m. Saturday — nearly 12 hours after the crash — preventing authorities from performing a blood test to determine if he was legally drunk at the time of the accident.

The Medical Examiner’s Office said today it still hasn’t been able to identify the man whose badly burnt body was found outside the truck. 

Wilbur-Delima appeared in Honolulu District Court Monday afternoon on four bench warrants related to driving without a license, speeding, not possessing no-fault vehicle insurance and other misdemeanors offenses Monday afternoon. 

District Judge Clarence Pacarro reduced his bail of $1,250 on the four misdemeanor charges to $330 over the objections of city prosecutors.

The suspect is supposed to appear in Kaneohe District Court today on a charge of driving without a license on March 18.

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 just after midnight Saturday.

Police on Saturday said 12 people were in the truck — seven in the two-seat crew cab and five in the truck bed. Police Maj. Kurt Kendro, head of the department's Traffic Division, said Monday that police are unsure how many people were in the truck because many ran away after the crash.

Paramedics took three girls, ages 13, 14 and 15; and a 16-year-old boy to a hospital in serious condition. Kendro said some of them had been released from the hospital, but did not provide details.

Because the accident involved passengers in the truck's bed, two state senators said they will press again for passage of a bill that would prohibit riding in the back of trucks except in very limited situations. The bill wasn't viewed favorably by neighbor island lawmakers because of opposition from rural residents who depend on the truck bed to carry passengers. The bill, which would apply only to Oahu, died this session.

State law bans children 12 and younger from riding in a truck bed but allows older people in the back if the cab is full and the sides and tailgate are secured.

Kendro said at a news conference that it's ironic that motorists are required to tether their animals riding in the back of a truck but that there are no safety measures for people.

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NanakuliBoss wrote:
Most likely family young family members in the truck. Besides showing up 12 hours after, this coward does not give the name of the boy that was killed. Others in the truck need to fest up and name the victim.
on June 18,2013 | 09:23AM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Is "fest" a word used in Nanakuli? What mean dat??
on June 18,2013 | 10:48AM
Bully wrote:
The driver is going to prison for this act of stupidity.
on June 18,2013 | 09:33AM
Sunny wrote:
NO, unfortunately he will not go to prison.
on June 18,2013 | 10:16AM
jess wrote:
He most likely will have some jail time for voluntary manslaughter if convicted. Judging his priors, if he doesn't go to jail for this, he will for something soon enough....
on June 18,2013 | 01:31PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
LOL!! HAHAHAHA! No. No I'm sorry lol. No, he will not see prison. Phew. That was a good one, yeah judges?
on June 18,2013 | 10:45AM
hanalei395 wrote:
He told the judge that he hasn't graduated from high school. (Maybe he will now, from prison).
on June 18,2013 | 12:00PM
kalaoa wrote:
It appears that all the people in the truck were total strangers. They all ran away without helping others riding with them. Shameful. Wonder if they grew up in the deep forest. SAD.
on June 18,2013 | 09:38AM
allie wrote:
Eddie would go?
on June 18,2013 | 10:09AM
8082062424 wrote:
from some of the face book comments they know who it is. thing is some say they saw him run away with the rest. and other say he was stuck in the truck. Only one boy is missing i think they waiting for dental records
on June 18,2013 | 10:46AM
mrluke wrote:
Dental records?! Watch many old detective movies?
on June 18,2013 | 08:21PM
lowtone123 wrote:
It is sad that not one person stood up and thought of helping the injured over saving their own behind. They (including the driver who caused this whole mess) just ran away leaving the injured helpless.
on June 18,2013 | 10:06AM
MakaniKai wrote:
Sad indeed! Even more tragic is they would probably make an effort to save their smartphone. Auwe!
on June 18,2013 | 11:10AM
allie wrote:
agree...Waianae ethic though
on June 18,2013 | 11:16AM
lee1957 wrote:
Congrats Kam! You've graduation from juvenile delinquent to full fledged d-bag.
on June 18,2013 | 11:25AM
COlohe1 wrote:
At least da buggah wen graduate!!! His punishment going be fo pick up opala by da side of da road fo two days AND say he no gonig drive one kah again, lol!!!
on June 18,2013 | 12:44PM
Sunny wrote:
It's likely we will hear his name again related to an accident....hopefully no life is lost!
on June 18,2013 | 11:45AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
KHON TV news last night reported a party involving teens and alcohol preceded the tragedy. Neighbors cited that this is not the first time alcohol and teens were involved. Prosecutors MUST go after the adults at this location and charge them as accomplices. I wonder if the parents of the other teens knew about this. You can pass all the laws you want to but fact is, those with common sense and the right upbringing will not put themselves in this situation. Those who don't "get it" will continue to die or kill others because it seems in Hawaii, the Ainokea attitude has replaced respect and common sense. It's up to US and our legislators to serve SIGNIFICANT jail time and FINANCIAL restitution to make those who don't "get it", GET IT!
on June 18,2013 | 12:58PM
mrluke wrote:
"District Judge Clarence Pacarro reduced his bail of $1,250 on the four misdemeanor charges to $330 over the objections of city prosecutors." Great going, Judge!!
on June 18,2013 | 08:19PM
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