PAUKAA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - This is a heartbreaking holiday for a Big Island family. Marvin Cascayan, 23, was killed just months before his wedding. The crash happened less than a mile from the victim's home just north of Hilo. Relatives said they were all at a party on Christmas Eve, and they're not sure why his Honda van veered off the road and hit a tree. Emergency crews rushed to Paukaa just after 12:30 a.m. on Sunday. Big Island police said Cascayan's vehicle somehow ended up off the side of Kulana Road. His grieving relatives are wondering what went wrong.
"Last night we have a party at my sister's home, the place where they living," said Cascayan's uncle, Rudy Rabang.
The tow truck pulled the vehicle up from the edge of an embankment with Cascayan still inside. Paramedics took him to Hilo Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
"I was thinking in this kind of hazardous area, supposed to get guard rail at least," said Rabang. "If he get the guard rail, might save his life, the boy."
Several family members showed up at the crash scene on Christmas morning. They were devastated, especially since Cascayan was preparing for his wedding.
"He supposed to go Philippines and get married in April or March," said Rabang.
Residents who live in the area said they often hear cars speeding along the remote straightaway.
"You definitely hear the engines rev up and you can hear them either coming into the neighborhood or leaving the neighborhood. Either way, you hear the vehicles speeding up," said resident Buck Pelkey.
According to police, there is no word yet on whether speed, drugs, or alcohol were involved.