Hawaii suffered its 30th traffic fatality of 2011 According to Hawaii News Now the fatality was a woman visiting from Oklahoma with her husband. Her husband was “rushed to the Queen’s Medical Center in critical condition, but later improved to serious condition.” The couple was driving a rented Harley when a truck collided with them on the Likelike Highway. The 57-year-old man who was driving the truck was booked this morning for “negligent homicide and negligent injury.” This fatal accident was the second accident in two days on the Likelike Highway, causing the highway to be shut down for several hours both yesterday and today. Today’s accident is already “the 30th fatality on Oahu’s roads this year compared to 36 this time last year.” For more on this accident, which occurred this morning, please click the Hawaii News Now link below:
Yesterday’s accident on the Likelike Highway involved a suspect who had “four drug and burglary felony convictions and six misdemeanor convictions” going as far back as 1997. Although the driver caused yesterday’s accident by speeding the wrong way on the Highway that accident fortunately did not result in any fatalities.
According to the Star Advertiser:
Police are looking for a suspect as the possible driver of a stolen Lexus that was driven the wrong way on the Likelike Highway and crashed into a police car while trying to elude authorities. Police arrested 33-year-old Mililani man, possibly a passenger, at the scene of the crash near Wilson Street just past Kalihi Valley Homes. But the other suspect fled on foot after the crash.
The suspect in custody and the police officer from the Kalihi district were not injured.
The incident began on the Windward side of the Wilson Tunnel. The black Lexus, heading in the Honolulu direction, crossed over to the Kaneohe-bound lanes of the Likelike Highway and hit the police car near the Wilson Street intersection. The police car, which was going in the right direction on the highway, swerved to try to avoid the stolen car, officers said.
Police closed the Kaneohe-bound lanes of the highway for three hours following the collision at about 2:30 a.m. Motorists traveling to the Windward side were diverted off the highway to surface streets at Kalihi Street. Police reopened the highway at 6:06 a.m. The 33-year-old suspect was taken to the Beretania street cellblock and held on a motor vehicle charges. Court records show the suspect has four drug and burglary felony convictions and six misdemeanor convictions, starting in 1997.
Police are investigating the incident as possible case of attempted murder.
The Lexus sustained extensive damage to its front end. Most of the damage to the police car was on the right rear side of the vehicle.