Loved ones mourn loss of former Roosevelt High basketball star Tati Beasley

Tatiana Beasley
Tatiana Beasley
Michael Terry
Michael Terry
Peter Terry
Peter Terry
Keao Monteilh
Keao Monteilh

By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

PAPAKOLEA (KHNL) - Friends and family are mourning the loss of a young Oahu woman who died after the truck she was in crashed on Moanalua Freeway.

Police say the driver ran off and left the truck and the 21-year-old behind.

Relatives now urge the driver to step forward and take responsibility. They say it's hard to move on when they have so many unanswered questions.

It's a young life cut short. At her Papakolea home, loved ones put up a makeshift memorial for Tatiana Beasley, or Tati.

"When my grandma left a message, I was like, oh, I knew something was wrong. When she said Tati, I said no way," said Michael Terry, Beasley's cousin.

Beasley was a Roosevelt High School alum who made her mark as an all-star basketball player. Her skills landed her a full scholarship at Hutchinson University in Kansas.

One of Beasley's childhood friends say, growing up, she was always tough on the court.

"We were bigger than her, faster, stronger and we wouldn't take it easy on her. But she always stuck it out, she would always play with us, she never gave up," said Keao Monteilh, a childhood friend of Beasley.

Relatives say Beasley was the passenger in the white Nissan pick-up truck that crashed Sunday morning, around 1:45 a.m. on Moanalua Freeway near the Ola Lane overpass.

The driver fled. Police say it appears the victim was sitting in the truck bed. They found her on the road, and say she died at the scene.

"We know the description of the truck but we don't know who was driving, and that's all we want is just the person who was driving to man up," said Terry.

Beasley's sudden death has left her family broken.

"There's a lot of anger, a lot of dismay, and apprehension. And we just want to bring closure to this," said Peter Terry, Beasley's uncle.

"Just want to let Tati know that I love you and you're always going to be in my heart Tati," said Terry.

While family members say the victim in the crash was Beasley, the Medical Examiner's office won't confirm it.

But the Office did say the victim died from head injuries.

Police are still looking for the driver. If you have any information, call Crimestoppers.