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HPD: Speed, alcohol may be factors in 2 critical accidents

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Police say speed and alcohol may be behind two traffic accidents that occurred on Oahu.

The latest accident happened on Sunday at around 10 p.m. on the Kamehameha Highway on ramp to the H-1 freeway just past Vaulkenburgh Street.

According to Honolulu police, a 19-year-old Waipahu man was hit by a car and is in critical condition. Officials say a 44-year-old Mililani woman driving a Buick hit him as he ran across the on ramp. Speed and alcohol were not factors behind her hitting him, say police.

However, police say the man was the registered owner of a car that lost control and flipped over a guard rail landing on its roof nearby. They are investigating whether he was speeding or under the influence of an intoxicant at the time of the crash. He remains in critical condition at Queen's Medical Center. Police reopened the on-ramp around 2 a.m. Monday.

Within a mile from that crash site, was another accident that happened just before 5 a.m. near Valkenburgh Street. In that incident, a 22-year-old man was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Police believe he was drinking and speeding, when he lost control of his truck and slammed into a concrete freeway support pillar along Nimitz Highway.

The man suffered severe head and chest injuries, and was rushed to the Queen's Medical Center.

Police say he was not wearing a seat belt.

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