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Two killed, several injured in crash on Kunia Road

Maj. Thomas Nitta Maj. Thomas Nitta

By Ben Gutierrez - bio | email

KUNIA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police said two vehicles involved in a crash that killed two people on Kunia Road were being driven "at a high rate of speed."

The crash ultimately involved five vehicles and 12 people. Four people were taken to area hospitals, including one person in critical condition.

According to Honolulu police Sgt. Alan Vegas, the accident happened shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday night on Kunia Road, about four-tenths of a mile south of Kunia Drive. Two vehicles, a 2007 Mitsubishi and a 2006 Lexus, were being driven erratically and at a high rate of speed on Kunia Road in the northbound direction. The highway is unlit in that area, and the speed limit in the northbound lanes is 35 miles per hour.

Vegas said the Mitsubishi crossed into the southbound lanes and struck a third car, a 1992 Mercury, at an angle. The Mitsubishi then overturned.

The driver of the Mercury was pronounced dead at the scene. A family member identified her as Jennifer Parsons, 42, of Ewa Beach.

A fourth southbound vehicle, a gray 1994 Nissan sedan, was hit by debris. The Nissan then veered right off the roadway and struck an embankment.  The 48 year-old driver, a 29 year-old female passenger, a four year old girl, and a two week old infant, were unhurt. Police say all four were wearing seatbelts or restraints.

The Lexus, also northbound near the first car, veered to the right and then spun into the southbound lanes, where it was hit broad side by a fifth car, a 2010 Nissan truck. The driver of the Lexus, a 33 year old woman, and the truck's driver, a 26 year-old Mililani man, were both taken to Queen's in serious condition.

Honolulu police said five people were in the first car, including a 21 year-old male driver, who was taken to Queen's in critical condition. There were four male passengers in the Mitsubishi, including a 12 year-old boy who was killed. The other male passengers were aged 19, 17 and 14, and were transported in serious condition. It was unknown if they were wearing seat belts.

The wreckage of the Mitsubishi and the Lexus were virtually unrecognizable.

"It's people who are operating vehicles," said Maj. Thomas Nitta of the Honolulu police Traffic Division. "They have to make personal choices on how they operate the vehicles and sometimes no matter how good a driver you are, sometimes you become part of the accident itself."

Kunia Road was closed for several hours after the crash. It was reopened shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday.

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