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Toxicology results in for motorcyclists killed in separate crashes

Jonathan Pons, 23 Jonathan Pons, 23
Elisa Dannals Elisa Dannals
Chad Morimatsu, 24 Chad Morimatsu, 24

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Results of toxicology tests conducted on two motorcyclists killed in separate crashes this month show one was driving under the influence.

The fact that the other motorcyclist, Jonathan Pons, was riding while clean and sober comes as no surprise to family members.

Elisa Dannals shows us the hard hat that her son, a diesel mechanic, used to wear. His co-workers all signed it and presented it to her this week.

To cope with the sudden death of her only child, Jonathan Pons, 23, Dannals is relying on the phrase he always used -- it's all good.

"He'd say, mom, there's no need to worry about anything, you know, life is always full of surprises and you just take one day at a time," Dannals said.

New toxicology results show Pons had no alcohol or drugs in his system, when his speeding motorcycle broadsided a station wagon on Halawa Heights Road December 19th. A 13-year-old boy in the car was critically injured.

"I have to find comfort that he's in a better place," Dannals said through tears. "We miss him dearly."

The Medical Examiner says another motorcyclist, who was killed on Moanalua Freeway three days earlier, was legally drunk. Tests reveal Chad Morimatsu, 24, had a blood alcohol content of 0.099, over the legal limit of 0.08.

Investigators say Morimatsu was going east in the freeway's west-bound lanes when he lost control of his bike and fell to the pavement. They believe a vehicle then ran over him and kept going.

Preliminary figures show alcohol was involved in 17 of the 51 deadly crashes on Oahu this year. Speed was a factor in 28 of this year's fatal collisions, or about 55%.

"I just pray that everyone has a safe and happy holiday," Dannals said.

Family members say Pons, a former special education student, made the Honor Roll his senior year at Farrington High. They say he purchased his first Bible a few weeks before he died.

"Towards his final moments, I think he's at peace and I know he's with the Lord," Dannals said through tears.

Pons' family members wanted to express their prayers and deepest sympathies to the others involved in the Halawa Heights crash.

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