HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu Police have released the 911 tapes from last week Monday's crash on the H-2 Freeway that killed a 58 year-old security guard who was driving the wrong way.
Timothy Leyes died when his vehicle collided head-on with an SUV. The crash happened at around 4:30 a.m. July 18.
The tapes include several calls from people who saw the vehicle as it headed toward Haleiwa in the Honolulu-bound lanes of the freeway.
One of the calls included this exchange:
Dispatch - Hi, police.
Caller - Yeah, good morning. There's a -- right past Ka Uka Boulevard on H-2 going towards Haleiwa, there's a car going the wrong way. He's going towards Haleiwa.
Dispatch - Okay, hold on. You're traveling townbound?
Caller - I'm traveling townbound and he was coming up the road.
Soon, enough calls were coming in that dispatchers anticipated what the calls were about.
Dispatch (answering phone) - Is this about the vehicle traveling the wrong direction?
Caller - Yes.
Dispatch - We got several calls. We're on the way.
Caller - Thank you.
The wrong-way vehicle turned out to be a Hyundai SUV. But before police could catch up with it, it collided with a Toyota RAV4 driven by Roxane Horikami. She managed to call 911.
Dispatch - Police, how can I help you.
Caller - (gasps) Someone hit (garbled)...
Dispatch - Someone hit you? Where are you?
Caller - ...car. Freeway. H-2.
Dispatch - H-2? Where?
Caller - Headed Ewa, past Mililani.
The dispatcher stayed on the phone with Horikami until police and ambulances arrived. She was taken to the hospital in serious condition.
It still remains a mystery why or how Leyes got on the freeway heading in the wrong direction. Initial tests indicated that drugs and alcohol were not factors in the crash.