HPD releases 911 tapes in fatal wrong-way freeway crash

Roxane Horikami
Roxane Horikami

By Ben Gutierrez - bio | email

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.


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