A fourth person has died following a head-on crash on Kuhio Freeway last week in Kealia, a Kauai County spokeswoman said today.
Chelsey-Lynn Perreira, 28, died at the Queen’s Medical Center of injuries from the crash, the spokeswoman said. Perreira was the mother of 2-year-old Kawainakoa Camat, who died Sunday as a result of the crash. The Honolulu Medical Examiner’s office said Perreira died Monday.
“This was a tragic event that has left our entire community heartbroken,” Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. said in a statement today. “We are a tight-knit island and those involved are our family, friends, and neighbors.
“The Camat family is my ‘ohana and we are dealing with the sudden loss of our loved ones,” he continued. “My heart is also with the Carveiro and Gorospe families, as well as the driver of the delivery truck, who is also a victim of this tragedy.”
Police said Markis Carveiro, 28, of Kapaa, was driving a Nissan Cube south on the highway near St. Catherine Cemetery when he apparently crossed the center line and crashed into an oncoming delivery truck shortly before 9 a.m.
Carveiro died at the scene. Ashley Gorospe, 26, of Kapaa, was riding in the backseat with Perreira and died at Wilcox Medical Center on Friday.
Camat, who was riding in the front seat, died Sunday morning at Queen’s.
The driver of the delivery truck did not report serious injuries.
Carvalho said he hopes the collision serves as a wake-up call to all motorists to drive carefully and attentively to prevent a similar tragedy.
“I know we can all do better to help keep each other safe on our roadways,” he said.