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Roosevelt High alum killed in crash had triple the legal blood alcohol limit

Tatiana Beasley Tatiana Beasley
Ikaika Beasley Ikaika Beasley

By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

PAPAKOLEA (KHNL) - New details on Tuesday about the young Oahu woman who died in a crash over the weekend.

The Medical Examiner's office still hasn't confirmed her identity, but family members say she was 21-year-old Alexis Tatiana Beasley, known as Tati, of Papakolea.

The Examiner's office says the victim's blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit.

But questions loom over whether Beasley was the driver or passenger.

Meanwhile, her father says he's had enough with all the speculations and that he just wants to put his daughter down to rest.

"We share this tattoo. She has it on her back," said Ikaika Beasley, as he pointed to a mark symbolizing their father-daughter bond, one that he cherishes, and misses, now that 21-year-old Beasley is gone.

Loved ones say she died in an early Sunday morning crash on Moanalua Freeway, near the Ola Lane overpass.

At first, investigators said it appeared she was riding in the truck bed, ejected, and that the driver fled on foot. Honolulu police say they still haven't ruled that out, but say evidence now shows it's also possible, Tati was the driver.

However, the Medical Examiner's office says the victim in the crash was the passenger, and died of head injuries.

Tati's father says he's had enough with all the unanswered questions.

"Just celebrate her life yeah? And just let it go. That's past tense already. I just want to lay my daughter to rest. I'm focused on the joy of her life," he said.

It's a life that brought her local fame as a former Roosevelt High School all-star basketball player. But it's not just her skills on the court that made her well-loved.

"As a daughter she would make any father proud. I was always proud, not only because of her athletic accomplishments, but just the person she was," said Beasley.

Her family says Tati's smile and bright personality could make the most uncomfortable person comfortable, as if she'd had known him or her for years.

And while the investigation continues on Tati's death, her family is trying to move on by remembering her life.

Tati got a full basketball scholarship to Hutchinson University in Kansas, and was aiming to become a social worker.

In honor of that, the family will set up a foundation in Tati's name, to help students at Roosevelt High who excel in the classroom and in sports but can't afford to go to college.

Beasley's family says she will be buried at Hawaiian Memorial Cemetery in Kaneohe. A date has yet to be set.

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