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Two killed in crash involving stolen car

Romona Otani Romona Otani
Henry Otani Henry Otani
John Farias John Farias

By Ben Gutierrez - bio | email and Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

WAHIAWA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Two people were killed early Sunday morning when the stolen car they were riding went out of control on Kaukonahua Road north of Wahiawa. Two others were seriously injured in the crash.

Honolulu Police said the crash occurred at 12:50 a.m., three quarters of a mile northwest of the intersection of Kaukonahua Road and Wilikina Drive. According to investigators, the 2006 Scion was an unreported stolen car. It was being driven at a high rate of speed by a 16 or 17 year-old boy when it went out of control near the S-curve of Kaukonahua. It then hit a wooden utility pole, flipped onto its side, and collided with a metal utility pole.

Police said the driver and a front seat passenger were pinned in the vehicle. They were pronounced dead at the scene from internal injuries. Two passengers in the rear seat, identified as a 17 year-old male and a 19 year-old male, were taken to Queen's Medical Center in serious condition.

The front seat passenger was identified as John Farias, 23. His parents, Henry and Romona Otani of Waianae, were still searching for answers after receiving that dreaded phone call from the medical examiner's office Sunday morning. They said Farias was the oldest of their seven children, and was himself a great father to two boys, ages three and five. The Otanis were told their son went to a party Saturday night, and fell asleep in the car.

"I'm hurt. I just want to know why," said Romona Otani. "My son was just at the wrong place at the wrong time. He didn't even steal the car. He was sleeping, so he didn't even know what was going on."

"It's tough. We don't really know what happened," Henry Otani said. "We're still trying to figure out what really happened."

The Otanis said Farias was a New Year's baby, who would have turned 24 this coming New Year's Day.

It was unknown if the driver or passengers were wearing seatbelts, or if alcohol or drugs were involved.

The deaths are the 56th and 57th traffic fatalities on Oahu so far this year, compared with 49 fatalities a year ago.

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