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No alcohol or drugs detected in driver who died in wrong-way freeway crash

Timothy Leyes Timothy Leyes
Roxane Horikami was taken to the hospital in critical condition, but has since been upgraded. Roxane Horikami was taken to the hospital in critical condition, but has since been upgraded.
Bill Wertz Bill Wertz
Tracey Wertz Tracey Wertz
Jay Ray Jay Ray

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The driver who was going the wrong way on the H-2 Freeway Monday, causing a crash that killed himself and injured two women, was not intoxicated or on drugs.

That's according to the Honolulu Medical Examiner's office, which says preliminary tests detected no alcohol or drugs in Tim Leyes' system. The office says it will send samples to a mainland laboratory for further testing.

The autopsy found that Leyes bled to death after suffering severe chest injuries.

There's an empty spot at the front of Wahiawa Community Church's sanctuary where Tim Leyes, a member of the worship team, played bass during Celebrate Recovery services Tuesday nights.

"Tonight we're going to, this was his spot right here, so we're going to set his guitar there and put a lei over it and just going to try to remember him," Pastor Bill Wertz, Wahiawa Community Church, said.

The 58-year-old was driving, inexplicably, on the wrong side of the H-2 Freeway at about 4:30 AM Monday, when he slammed head-on into Roxane Horikami's SUV. The investigation shut down that major traffic artery, paralyzing the morning commute.

"It's very puzzling," Tracey Wertz, Wahiawa Community Church, said. "I don't know if we'll ever get those answers. We're hoping we get some answers. But everybody has been saying the same thing -- how could he be driving on the wrong side of the freeway and not know it?"

The church says Leyes would work the graveyard shift as a security guard so he could take his wife, Liz, to her dialysis treatments and other appointments during the day.

Liz underwent double bypass surgery a few days ago and was still in recovery at the hospital when she learned about her husband's death.

"Yesterday was probably a little more of a blur to her because she was so medicated," Tracey Wertz said. "But I think the next couple of days is going to be the tough, tough part."

Horikami was driving to her job when the crash happened. Her boss at Ferguson in Kalihi described her as a tireless, dedicated worker who arrives each day by 5:30 AM.

"Some of the girls in the office came in my office and said, you know, I don't feel good about Roxane not being here because she's always here on time," Jay Ray, Ferguson general manager, said. "So they started calling the police about 6:30."

Horikami went to the hospital in critical condition, but has since improved.

"It was good to see her," Ray said. "She was waving her arms around a little bit. She's not able to sit up yet, but she was in good spirits."

The driver of the third car that was involved was treated and released.

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