LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kauai police have identified the two people killed in a single-car accident early Saturday morning.
Officials say 31-year-old Christopher Santiago, of Kapaa and his passenger, Eryn O'Shaughnessy, 23, also of Kapaa, were both pronounced dead at the scene.
The crash happened on Rice Street around 2 a.m.
Police say a van being driven by Santiago was traveling downhill toward Nawiliwili near Mokoi Street when it hit a guardrail on the right side of the road, careened across all lanes and ran up the hillside on the left side of the road.
The van then careened back across the road, went over a cliff and struck a tree.
Another female passenger was taken to Wilcox Memorial Hospital in critical condition, but was later airlifted to Queen's Medical Center. There were two other passengers in the van. A 27-year-old man from Kapaa was taken to Wilcox hospital in serious condition, but was later released after treatment, while a 24-year-old woman remains at Wilcox in stable condition.
Police closed Rice Street from Mokoi to the Kauai Marriott entrance for six hours while an investigation was conducted.
"I wouldn't consider it a dangerous road. I would consider it a regular roadway with a slight curve in it. The speed limit there is 25 miles per hour," said Kauai Police Chief Darryl Perry. "It's still in the preliminary stages of determining whether speed was involved or other factors contributed to this."
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
There have been six traffic fatalities so far this year on Kauai.