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3 dead after car hits tree in Kapolei

  • ROSEMARIE BERNARDO / RBERNARDO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Police said speed appears to be a factor in the crash that killed three people on Farrington Highway in Kapolei on Monday night.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    A car crashed into a tree Monday night, killing three people on Farrington Highway in Kapolei.

  • KIM YUEN / KYUEN@STARADVERTISER.COM

    A car smashed into a tree Monday night on Farrington Highway in Kapolei, killing three people.

  • KIM YUEN / KYUEN@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Police tape marks the scene on Farrington Highway in Kapolei where three people died when their car hit a tree Monday night.

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    This map shows the location of a crash on Farrington Highway in Kapolei that killed three people Monday night.

  • KIM YUEN / KYUEN@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Police tape blocks a tree that was hit by a car Monday night on Farrington Highway in Kapolei. Three male victims were pronounced dead at the scene.

Three people are dead after the speeding car they were in hit a tree in Kapolei overnight.

Police said the three male victims were in a car traveling “at a high rate of speed,” when the driver lost control of the vehicle, which went onto the sidewalk and smashed into a tree at about 11:15 p.m. Monday.

The victims were pronounced dead at the scene, according to an Emergency Medical Services report.

Hawaii Tokai International College issued a statement late today saying that the school “regretfully confirms that two of the victims of last night’s fatal single-car crash in Kapolei were students at HTIC.”

The students are from Japan and their families have been notified, school officials said., adding that they are awaiting official confirmation of the identity of the third victim. “Our thoughts are with the students and their families during this difficult time,” the statement said.

The vehicle was traveling town-bound on Farrington Highway and the crash happened near Papaiaulu Avenue.

Police closed Farrington Highway between Noulu Street and Kowelo Avenue until about 4 a.m. as Traffic Division officers investigated the crash scene.

Police said speed appears to be a factor in the crash. It’s not known if drugs or alcohol was involved.

With this crash, there have been 49 fatalities on Oahu roads this year, compared to 44 at this time last year.

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  • I’m a waiting for family members to sue the C%C because of the tree placement, slippery pavement or whateva reasons they can come up with. My Condolences goes out to the boys survivors.

  • I guess your life must be miserable, to want to spread your ‘good cheer,’ especially during this time of year.

    Wish they would report what kind of vehicle as there is a big variation in vehicle safety, and would be informative. 3 is unusual, and why didn’t the airbags help. Were they wearing seat belts? They used to report these kinds of details back in the day of journalistic reporting standards.

    • I’m just a big a critic of the SA as anyone but most of that information is still reported as far as I remember. It’s just in this day of instant gratification people want the information instantaneously. Try to see if the information is reported in tomorrow’s edition. I’d rather wait a little longer for correct information than have erroneous information reported quicker. Agree with you assessment of the OP, he’s a troll and a miserable one at that.

      • Is see. But you are not a troll for celebrating the death (below) of these three folks? You called all of them “lowlifes” and that’s a remarkable job of sleuthing you’ve completed there. You know for sure that the passengers (who you seem to know were not innocent here) are “lowlifes?”

        Have you been diagnosed as a sociopath?

      • klastri: I saw the online picture in the HawaiiNewsNow website and damage to the car was unbelievable. It is abundantly clear why this death occurred and many posters, understandably do NOT have much sympathy. It clear by the severe destruction of the car, they were speeding reckless way beyond any posted speed limit for a residential street. As others mentioned, thank goodness they did not kill innocent people in their act of recklessness and instead killed the tree that can be replaced. Many posters are sick and tired of reckless drivers who endanger others and yes, the families of those that died are grieving but how about peer pressure by friends and family members that it is NOT okay for friends and family members to drive recklessly on the streets. Anyone who drives on Oahu knows there are who lot of reckless drivers, not just speeders but daytime red light runners, either making a turn or going straight, who eventually are going to hit or possibly kill a pedestrian in a sidewalk. Many have a pattern of reckless driving and eventually it catches up with them. Friends and family members should not stay quiet and hould say or do something about it. Also, when it comes to car passengers, it is up to them to question and demand the driver drive responsibly. If they don’t they should demand the driver, which is either their friend or family member, to stop the car, get out and then take a taxi or Uber back home. Many years ago late in the morning some pickup was driving fast on a residential street and all of his passengers sitting in the pickup bed were screaming at the top of their voice “SLOW DOWN, SLOW DOWN” to the driver. Bet after that those “friends” of the driver who wanted to continue to live no longer were passengers to that reckless truck driver.

      • cholo agrees with inverse. the death of 3 lives while sad is far better than them taking out a whole innocent family by flying over into someone’s house or plowing into a group of people walking on the sidewalk innocently making their way home from a long day at work or school. obviously it would have been better if that “lowlife” driver never sped in the first place but if that had to happen and a deadly accident as a result this outcome is better than other scenarios that could have happened. it’s for the greater good. this guy will never get to victimize anyone else ever again.

    • Hawaii News Now reported that it was a Nissan convertible. The only convertibles Nissan makes, as far as I know, is the special order 350Z-370Z, or the rare convertible Murano which I think they only made for 1-2 years. In any case, HNN also showed a picture of the vehicle and frankly, it must have being going super fast because it was almost unrecognizable as a car. I don’t think any airbag or seat belt would have saved their lives, especially not in a convertible.

    • Awa , didn’t you see the car ? Air bags can only do so much. And from the looks of it seatbelts would have just cut them in half.
      Those guys, rest their soul , must have been hauling to da max.

    • I’m commenting from the real world. A real world where sometimes innocent people die, or worse yet, are crippled for life due to the selfish actions of individuals who don’t care about anything. Obviously we live in different worlds.

    • Come on Ryan , you think the families don’t know that ?

      I had kids and every time I heard a siren an ugly scene came into my mind.
      Now I have grand kids , same thing. Wish we were all still riding horses.

  • Anxious to hear from the families. I’m sure they were all good boys who always make us laugh, etc. Seriously though, as a parent, I always have this concern in the back of my mind. You hope you raised your children right and for the most part, they might be straight arrows. But peer pressure is a powerful force, good or bad. You hope your child can avoid negative pressure.

  • First of all (putting aside for the moment your bizarre lack of sympathy) you have already decided that the passengers were responsible for how the car was being driven. Have you ever taken physics in school? More than one object cannot existing at the same time in a single space, so that means that there was only one driver.

    • Have you ever heard of peer pressure? Could there have been peer pressure put on to the driver of how fast that vehicle can be driven?. The other two could have pressured the driver to s-l-o-w d-o-w-n, using peer pressure if driver was driving too fast.

    • The physics statement is not accurate. That is what was said in the Jean Claude Van Damme’s movie Time Cop in which the bad guy who traveled back in time to meet his younger self touched each other and then they ceased to exist. Your statement might hold true at the subatomic level with the Pauli exclusion principle that states no electron can have the exact same quantum states with another electron in the same molecular orbital but even that has some exceptions. Given enough pressure such as by gravitational containment a whole lot of matter can fit into what is incredibly impossible small space that is beyond human understanding. Black holes in space are just that with incredible amount of mass contained within some unbelievably small amount of space. Yes, there was only one driver but there needs to be some responsibility with passengers who are either friends or family members of the driver that they have to demand their driver drive responsibly. It is almost a certainty that reckless drivers do not just do it one time but have a pattern of driving recklessly. Many years ago a friend of a friend I knew a guy in college would put on driver’s gloves when he drove and with him all of Oahu was his race track. After only one time in his car, I never got into that guys car ever again.

    • South76 – What are you talking about? Were you in the car, or do you have any idea at all about what the conversations were at that time?

      Three people are dead. Blaming the victims is a personality disorder.

    • inverse – Two objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time. No matter what Jean Van Damme said or did.

      There was one driver. You can make up anything you want about what the passengers said or did – as bizarre as that is. The fact is that you have absolutely no idea what was happening in that car.

    • Not should, but very well COULD, as could any innocent person they hit. When people speed and drive carelessly, this type of outcome (three people dead) is NOT some unforseeable, unpreventable accident; it is a likely outcome. Knowing that, anyone who endangers themselves and more importantly, other innocent people, get little sympathy from me.

  • But its hard to tell if the passengers were innocent casualties by and more careless driver or active participants. There are cases where they all were drunk and encouraging the driver to race. And still other times where the passengers were telling the driver to slow down and he just wont listen.

  • It is sad that there is now at least one family, likely three, that have to deal with the results of this accident. Condolences to the families.

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  • Good thing SA use anon. names. Otherwise old bustard like Mori would have visits from family. Great during the holidays. Make sure to have bandages available. Don’t talk about living in the real world then cower behind a fake name. Be real man, post with your real name since you from the real world. Yup,though so. Go take your meds.

    • Agree with cholo: How about all those Oahu rail supporters post their real names on constantly posting how great the Oahu rail project will be citing all their made up “facts”. Like the Hawaii health connector, the Oahu rail project will come to a screeching halt before it can be completed and when the feds and Hawaii residents and voters ask who is responsible and feeding at rail feed trough, including all of the ‘anonymous posters’ who had a stake in the rail project.

  • If I were to design a road to be both beautiful and deadly, I would plant trees every 10 yards or so within about a foot from the curb. We install breakaway light poles that are designed to reduce injuries in the event of vehicular impact. But, we don’t plant breakaway trees.

  • My guess is these were real young kids. Probably never seen or been in a crash and hormones araging
    Going for the gusto. I am indeed glad they didn’t hurt anyone else but my heart cries for the parents.

  • Stoplight speeding cameras would serve to filter out speed killers before they reach terminal destruction. Careful driving would be a price to pay for law abiders.

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