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Wahiawa man crashes car, dies at scene

Deedee Tabion Deedee Tabion
Lt. Darren Izumo Lt. Darren Izumo

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

WAHIAWA (KHNL) - Police are investigating whether a medical problem caused a driver to crash his car in Wahiawa Friday. The man died at the scene.

The city medical examiner identifies the driver as Richard Corber, 60, of Wahiawa. Traffic investigators are waiting for the results of an autopsy, which is scheduled for Monday.

A Volkswagen Bug sits between a utility pole and a fence on California Avenue. Its roof is peeled away by emergency crews trying to reach the driver.

"I was in the house cleaning," Deedee Tabion, area resident, said. "And then I heard a loud boom."

Investigators say the car clipped the front rim of a city facilities maintenance truck parked on the side of the road, before hitting a utility pole and spinning around.

"You can see on the pole where part of the wood is damaged and from the debris field onto the roadway, he was probably still head first," Lt. Darren Izumo, Honolulu Police Department, said. "But once you hit a fixed object like that, you might wrap around."

When she heard the impact, Tabion grabbed her phone and called 911.

"I went up to the car 'cause they were asking me if there was anyone in but I couldn't see," she said. "So I crossed the street and looked, and there was someone in there. But he must have been gone already."

The driver, identified as Richard Corber, dies at the scene.

Police say there were two workers nearby when the car hit the bucket truck.

"I think one was on the truck and one was on the side," Izumo said. "So fortunately, they weren't, you know, they didn't get harmed at all."

Investigators say the road was wet at the time of the crash.

Corber's family members console each other at the site.

"I just feel sorry for him and his family," Tabion said. "I can imagine what they're going through."

Corber is the 33rd person to die on Oahu's roads this year, compared to 25 traffic fatalities at this time last year.

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