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Friends ID crash victim; his wrong-way driving a mystery

Timothy Leyes Timothy Leyes
Traci May Traci May
Russell Fortner Russell Fortner

By Brooks Baehr - bio | email

MILILANI (HawaiiNewsNow) – Friends and fellow church members have identified the man killed in an early morning crash on the H2 Freeway as Timothy Leyes, 58, of Wahiawa. Police said he was driving North in the South-bound lanes shortly before 4:30 a.m. when his Hyundai SUV slammed head on into a Toyota SUV.

Leyes, a security guard for Securitas, was pronounced dead at the scene. A 47-year old woman driving the Toyota was taken to a hospital in critical condition. A third vehicle, a Honda sedan driven by a 44-year old woman, hit the concrete median while trying to avoid the original collision. She was transported to a hospital in good condition.

Police are investigating circumstances surrounding the crash, but as of Monday afternoon said they did not know how or where Leyes got onto the freeway traveling in the wrong direction. There is speculation he entered the South-bound lanes headed North by driving the wrong way down the South-bound Ka Uka Boulevard exit.

Playwright Lisa Matsumoto was the last person killed on Oahu driving the wrong way on a freeway. In 2007 she crashed while traveling East in the West-bound lanes of the H1. Matsumoto's blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit.

Police are waiting for the Honolulu Medical Examiner to tell them if Leyes had alcohol or drugs in his system when he crashed.

"He could have been super tired. I hear he was a security guard. He could have been getting off work so tired and just wasn't paying attention to where he goes," said Mililani resident Traci May when asked to comment on the collision.

"Maybe the lighting and if you are not too familiar with the roadways, I can see where somebody would probably get messed up and go down the wrong way," added Mililani resident Russell Fortner.

People who knew Leyes tell Hawaii News Now he was a good man, a good worker, and very responsible.

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