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Likelike Highway crash fatality identified as Jason Levy, 43

By Gregg K. Kakesako

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LAST UPDATED: 02:51 p.m. HST, Aug 22, 2013


A 43-year-old Kalihi man returning from a fishing trip in Hauula apparently fell asleep at the wheel of his SUV on the Likelike Highway early this morning and was killed when he ran off the road, flipping his sport utility vehicle.

Also injured in the 2:55 a.m. accident was his wife, 42, who was sleeping in the back seat of the SUV. She is listed in stable condition at the hospital.

The husband was not wearing a seat belt, said Lt. Bobby Towne, Police Department spokesman, and was ejected from the SUV. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The medical examiner identified him as Jason Levy of Honolulu.

The woman was not thrown from the car, Towne said.

Towne said couple was on their way home after fishing in Hauula when the accident occurred. 

Towne said speed was not a factor in the crash and that it is unknown at this time if alcohol was involved.

Portions of the Likelike Highway on the Honolulu side of the Wilson Tunnel were closed for three hours for the traffic investigation and were reopened at 6:15 a.m.

The accident occurred in the town-bound lane of the Likelike Highway by Kula Kolea Drive. 

This was Oahu’s 41st traffic death this year, compared to 43 at the same time a year ago.






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kahuku01 wrote:
Using less than 5 seconds could have prevented the man and woman from ejecting from the vehicle. Seat belts installed in vehicles are not for decoration, but to be used and prevent people from ejecting from the vehicle. Wrong choices made by people who disregard the laws. will suffer the consequences whenever that drastic moment arises.
on August 22,2013 | 04:43AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Selt belts don't matter. It's the high speed that kills.
on August 22,2013 | 06:36AM
kahuku01 wrote:
I agree that high speed kills but I strongly disagree that seat belts don't matter. The chances of being ejected upon impact could prevent a motorist from escaping further injuries or becoming a fatality. Seat belts do matter, unless you're one of those that happen to ignore the use of seat belts. If seat belts didn't matter, the auto industry wouldn't have to install seat belts. Be wise, and not have the attitude of of many that wished they had used their seat belts after the incident, which could have prevented them from becoming a missile upon impact and escaped further major head or bodily injuries.
on August 22,2013 | 07:37AM
patk wrote:
The ignorance displayed in the "seat belts don't matter" comment is absolutely astounding.
on August 22,2013 | 10:22AM
MarkMaurer wrote:
Towne said speed was not a factor in the crash
on August 22,2013 | 07:05PM
allie wrote:
agree..and slow down
on August 22,2013 | 06:46AM
palani wrote:
Cannot even imagine that someone would not be using a safety belt these days. And I have a great imagination.
on August 22,2013 | 02:46PM
hanalei395 wrote:
I would imagine normal drivers and passengers using seat belts, is already a habit. And there is that warning light on the instrument panel.
on August 22,2013 | 05:19PM
palani wrote:
Yeah, it's hard to understand. Something so simple leading to such a tragic loss.
on August 22,2013 | 05:59PM
mikethenovice wrote:
I keep on missing these rush hour jams. Oh. I forgot that I am retired. Eat your heart out, you young ones. We all have to pay our dues in life.
on August 22,2013 | 06:34AM
allie wrote:
noooooooooooooooo
on August 22,2013 | 06:46AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
mikethenovice, you ARE the MAN! Enjoy your retirement. You've earned it.
on August 22,2013 | 06:57AM
ellinaskyrt wrote:
wow, to gloat in such a manner on an article involving someone's death. age and experience clearly do not translate to wisdom and compassion, in this case.
on August 22,2013 | 08:19AM
Mei mei wrote:
well put ...
on August 22,2013 | 09:13AM
Aquarius1 wrote:
I agree and note the 'novice' in the handle. Novice as a human being.
on August 22,2013 | 09:34AM
allie wrote:
agree
on August 22,2013 | 01:43PM
false wrote:
Another senile old fossil that pokes along at 40mph in the fast lane of traffic.
on August 22,2013 | 10:58AM
what wrote:
with the left blinker on
on August 22,2013 | 01:22PM
kahuku01 wrote:
Who cares. There are thousands like you out there, so what's the big deal, especially when you're totally off the subject of this journal.
on August 22,2013 | 11:59AM
Bully wrote:
Wrong choices by the driver caused his own death and almost of the death of his wife. The wife should have been in the front seat making sure he stayed awake.
on August 22,2013 | 08:33AM
juscasting wrote:
Negative! He and his wife should have been both in the back seat sleeping in Hauula!
on August 22,2013 | 12:18PM
zelda123 wrote:
I drive the H-3 everyday and people speed like animals while tailing one another at speeds exceeding 80 mph plus ....... I figure their lives are not worth much
on August 22,2013 | 08:35AM
50skane wrote:
Seat belts save lives when the vehicle rolls or flips..a lot of people don't believe it but you can easily be ejected from your car if it rolls..I actually came across an accident where two teenagers sitting in the backseat of the friend's Honda sedan both got ejected out through the rear window..hard to believe but it was through the small rear window of the car and they both ended up on the road seriously injured..the friend made a left turn in front of another car heading straight and their car got hit on the right front corner panel which spun them to the left..centrifugal force is unreal. Please were the seat belt so you can walk away from those kinds of accidents.
on August 22,2013 | 09:20AM
patk wrote:
Not wearing a seat belt. Some people are just plain stoopid.
on August 22,2013 | 10:23AM
Grimbold wrote:
Good riddance: He could have killed you or me or our loved ones!
on August 22,2013 | 11:48AM
Morimoto wrote:
Agree, if you're that irresponsible you don't deserve to live.
on August 22,2013 | 12:31PM
Morimoto wrote:
A Darwin Award I give to this fool.
on August 22,2013 | 12:31PM
Benibiker wrote:
I feel naked when I don't wear my seat belt, it just doesn't feel right!
on August 22,2013 | 04:55PM
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