Crash victim's family revisits accident scene

Daniel Arias
Daniel Arias
Nettie Simmons
Nettie Simmons

By Zahid Arab - bio | email

KAIMUKI (KHNL) - A tragic crash that takes the life of a Kaimuki woman. 18-year-old Dallas "Aloha" Arias was riding with her boyfriend, when they ran a stop sign and were broadsided by an SUV.

The youngest of his six daughters, Daniel Arias says Aloha's death has destroyed him inside. He spoke to her briefly Monday afternoon.  Later that night, he learned it would be for the last time.

"This is where it ended right here. Tragedy," said the victim's father Daniel Arias.

The painful images play over and over.

"I can still feel her presence right here," said Arias.

A constant dagger through Daniel Arias' heart.

"No one would want to go through this, especially a father, it's hard to imagine," said Arias.

But what happened at the intersection of 7th Avenue and Kilauea Avenue is reality. Aloha Arias was a model, active, outgoing and always responsible.

"We miss her," said the victim's aunt Nettie Simmons.

The driver, her boyfriend 21-year-old Devin Martin, was strapped in.  He survived without a scratch. But, Aloha wasn't wearing a seat belt. She was rushed to the hospital in critical condition where she died.

"Mistakes like this are so uncalled for," said Arias.

"Why she wasn't wearing a seat belt we just don't know, we don't have answers," said Simmons.

The couple's Nissan Sentra ran a stop sign. They didn't see the SUV coming.

"It's like a blind hill here," said Simmons.

"It came right over the hill and side swiped her," said Arias.

The SUV driver was ok but the impact of the crash caused him to collide with two parked cars nearby. Arias says it's just a matter of time before it happens again.

He will petition the city to make the intersection and others in the area a four way stop.

"One life is one too many," said Arias.

So that no family will ever have to feel the Aria's anguish.

Police say alcohol and speed are likely not factors in the crash, but have arrested the boyfriend on suspicion of negligent homicide.