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Teen crash victim talks; dispute left 'best friend' dead

Morrisha Holi-Arrington Morrisha Holi-Arrington
Raelynn Adams Raelynn Adams
Albert Birmingham Albert Birmingham

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email 

MAKAHA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Family and friends of a young woman killed in a dispute at a McDonald's drive-thru Sunday are searching for answers. They're wondering how a quick food run could turn deadly.

The driver accused of running over Raelynn Adams, 20, and injuring her teenaged friend is awaiting charges. The case is classified as a murder.

Morrisha Holi-Arrington, 15, is nursing an injured leg and a broken heart.

She and Raelynn Adams, whom she called her best friend, were struck by an SUV during a dispute at the Nanakuli McDonald's drive-thru Sunday. Adams was killed.

"I was right there and I saw everything," Holi-Arrington said through tears. "So it's just like heart-breaking because I'm going to have that my whole life, just thinking about that."

With her mother's permission, the teen agreed to talk to us about the incident.

She says it started when the driver of the SUV, Albert Birmingham, 36, repeatedly yelled and honked his horn at them while both vehicles were in the drive-thru.

"We heard somebody in the back say hurry up, I shouldn't be staying in this line for about an hour just for a cheeseburger," Holi-Arrington said.

She says Adams' 45-year-old boyfriend eventually got out of their car and confronted the suspect, and that's when the SUV took off, striking her and Adams.

"I can't believe and I can't accept the fact that my sister-in-law is not here over a cheeseburger," Frank Hunter, murder victim's brother-in-law, said through tears.

Adams was known to family and friends as "Aloha." They say she lived that name every day.

Family members say Adams talked about joining the military and having a child someday.

"She's loved by everyone," Rosalind Adams, victim's mother, said. "She's going to be missed."

"You killed someone that all of us loved," Holi-Arrington said. "And it was not cool, you didn't even get out to see if she was okay. It's like your intention was to kill us."

Birmingham was booked on suspicion of murder, attempted murder, driving under the influence, driving with a suspended or revoked license, and having an open container of alcohol in the car. He remains at the main police cellblock.

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