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Devastated parents of driver killed in Waikane crash search for answers

The scene of the fatal car crash The scene of the fatal car crash
Maggie Mench Maggie Mench
Kurt Mench Kurt Mench
Micah Mench Micah Mench
Courtney Ditto Courtney Ditto

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

KAHALUU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The parents of the driver killed in a car crash in Waikane over the weekend are breaking their silence in hopes of finding answers that may help them move forward.

Five days after the gut-wrenching loss of their son, Kurt and Maggie Mench are still crippled by grief.

"It's so painful," Maggie Mench said. "My emotions are kind of just scrambled."

"I felt like my heart was actually breaking," Kurt Mench said. "It was very sore, very painful."

Micah Mench, 27, a carpenter and father of a five-year-old boy, died after he lost control of his Honda Civic and slammed into a tree. The impact demolished the car and killed his girlfriend, Courtney Ditto, 20.

"I walked, paced the house up and down, saying no, no, no," Kurt Mench said. "But it was real."

With heavy hearts, the family visited the crash site, and placed a red ginger for Micah and a pink one for Courtney.

"We said a prayer, a really good prayer," Kurt Mench said. "There was some of his carpentry tools strewn about. We gathered them up and brought them back here. I just, how did it happen?"

That lingering question still haunts him.

Police say Micah was speeding and may have been under the influence of alcohol.

The crash happened just after 7 PM. The road was wet. Kurt Mench wonders if his son swerved to avoid something, perhaps another car, and hopes witnesses can help bring him closure.

"We don't have any way to move forward," he said.

After a divorce and a series of girlfriends, Micah met Courtney.

"He had a big heart and Courtney did, too," Maggie Mench said. "I just thought they were both beautiful together."

"I could feel, you know, there was something special there," Kurt Mench said.

Now two families are dealing with devastating losses.

"It comes in waves," Maggie Mench said. "You're okay and then, all of the sudden, some memory will come back and it really hurts."


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