Suspect in fatal bus stop crash released

Thomas Nitta
Thomas Nitta
Bobby Poblete
Bobby Poblete
Warren Gungabaylo
Warren Gungabaylo

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

WAIPAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A woman is dead after a car slammed into a Waipahu bus stop she was waiting at.

Police have arrested the driver, 41-year-old Richtenson Alyphios for negligent homicide and failure to render aid.

His passenger, 40-year-old Salome Simion was also arrested for failure to render aid after they both fled the scene.

Honolulu firefighters removed the body of a 68-year-old woman. She was lifeless and pinned underneath a Ford Taurus for nearly three hours.

At around 8:30 AM Sunday, Alyphios and Simion were traveling westbound on Farrington Highway at Paiwa Street, when they lost control and slammed into a bus stop.

"There were two females within the bus stop, 68-year-old female pronounced dead at the scene and a 67-year-old female was in good condition at Saint Francis West," Honolulu Police Department major Thomas Nitta said.

Witnesses were either sleeping or just getting up when they heard a loud noise.

"I was making my coffee around eight oh clock and we just heard a bang, loud one, I thought it was just a collision, but when we went down, they banged the bus stop," Witness Bobby Poblete said.

Jay-ar Rivera lives right up the street and heard the emergency crews speeding through the area.

"I woke up 'cuz I just live right up the street, I heard all the sirens coming down, so I didn't bother, I just looked and I went back in," he said.

Warren Gungabaylo uses that bus stop every morning. He says it's a freak accident, but he'll still be on guard the next time he's at any bus stop.

"I feel bad, I scared already, I dunno, anything can happen," he said.

Police suspect alcohol may have been a factor in the crash. Alyphios has been released from police custody pending further investigation.

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