Injured boy's family urges drivers to make responsible choices

Travis Kakae
Travis Kakae
Keola Kakae
Keola Kakae

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

WAIMANALO (KHNL) - A Waimanalo boy continues his fight in the hospital after a car crash on Sunday left him in critical condition. He was a passenger in a car driven by a 16-year-old girl who, police believe, was intoxicated.

Travis Kakae's older sister says she's having difficulty sleeping because she's worried about her brother. She's urging drivers to make responsible choices.

Family and friends gather at a house in Waimanalo, and anxiously await word on 16-year-old Travis Kakae's condition. The second youngest of five children suffered life-threatening injuries Sunday, when a car he was riding in slammed into a utility pole and a large tree.

"Injuries to his head," Andrea Kakae, crash victim's sister, said. "He broke his two ribs and his shoulder."

Family members say their hearts sank when they heard about the 1 am crash.

"One of his friends called and was telling my mom that they got into a car accident," Andrea Kakae said.

The Kakaes scrambled to get to the scene on Hihimanu Street, which is not too far from their home.

"Describe what you saw," this reporter asked.

"Just him lying on the ground but we couldn't, we wasn't able to go by him," Andrea Kakae said.

"He wasn't moving," Keola Kakae, crash victim's brother, said. "So I guess we just followed the ambulance to Queen's (Medical Center)."

Investigators say the 16-year-old girl behind the wheel was likely intoxicated and speeding when she lost control of the car.

She and her front-seat passenger went to the hospital in good condition. But Travis, who was in the back seat, was thrown from the car. He remains in critical condition.

"I was real weak, sad," Keola Kakae said.

Sal Taito is the tow truck driver who recovered the wreckage.

"Yeah, it gets to me because it involves everybody, the families and stuff like that," Taito said. "So it hurts the families and that's really sad."

Keola Kakae says his younger brother is showing signs of improvement.

"He's kind of like talking now, asking questions," he said.

The family hopes others can learn from this.

"Just no drinking and driving and speeding," Andrea Kakae said. "Just be safe."

Police say no one in the car was wearing a seat belt. The driver provided a blood sample for alcohol and drug testing.