1 killed and 4 injured in North Shore crash

The North Shore crash site
The North Shore crash site
Brittany Poole
Brittany Poole

By Lisa Kubota - bio | email

NORTH SHORE (HawaiiNewsNow) - One man is dead after a violent crash on Oahu's north shore.

The vehicle he was riding in plowed through several yards before flipping over and bottles of alcohol littered the crash scene.

The out-of-control car left behind a trail of damage along Kamehameha Highway in Pupukea.

Police say just before 10:30 p.m. Sunday, the vehicle veered off the road, hit a rock wall, a parked car and two fences before flipping over and going airborne.

The car smashed into a storage area outside Keola Kama's home.

"The car was just in the corner of the house, just upside down, twisted in and out," Kama said.

"There was like smoke in the air and dust, lot of chaos, cause a lot of people showed up on scene right away. And there was a lot of screaming and yelling," Pupukea resident Neil Tsutsui said.

According to investigators, two women and three men were in the vehicle.

Authorities say passenger Unique Murry of Aiea was ejected. The 21 year old was pronounced dead at Wahiawa General Hospital.

"Just a horrific crash. We're used to crashes out here on the North Shore, usually hear the screech of brakes and a single crash. This one just kept going and going and going," Retired HPD Asst. Chief Bob Prasser said.

Prasser lives near the crash site. He says he rushed out and stopped the two women about a block away.

"Somebody just said stop them, they're leaving the scene so I just convinced them to come back and the girl said she was the driver of the car, covered with blood and the front seat passenger girl, same thing," Prasser said.

Prasser says he also noticed a strong odor of alcohol.

Investigators found tequila and several bottles of beer at the scene.

Officers arrested the driver, 23-year-old Brittany Poole, for negligent homicide.

She was released pending further investigation.

Police say the other people in the car were all treated and released from the Queen's Medical Center.

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