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Speed, alcohol likely involved in Ewa Beach crash that killed teenager

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EWA BEACH, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Honolulu Police Department spent hours investigating a multi-vehicle crash in Ewa Beach on Tuesday that left one teenager dead, another in critical condition on life support and two others seriously injured.  

Witnesses told Hawaii News Now that a green GMC Envoy was heading down Kaimalie Street going an estimated 60 to 70 mph in a 25 mph zone, and when it came to the curve it veered into oncoming traffic and hit a Porsche SUV before bouncing off of that car and hitting a parked mini-van down the road, then spinning out.

One of the passengers in the Envoy, a 14-year-old girl, died from fatal head and internal injuries sustained in the crash. Another, a 14-year-old boy who was in the back seat of the SUV, was taken to hospital in serious condition after suffering serious head and internal injuries.

Friends identified the girl as Kawehi Kupukaa. The driver of the Envoy was identified by family members as 16-year-old Brandon Harris. Family members at the scene told Hawaii News Now's Tim Sakahara that he is on life support. 

The 14-year-old boy was identified as Johnoven Lagon, who friends say was released from the hospital Tuesday night.

The 41-year-old woman driving the Porsche was also taken to the hospital in serious condition, and witnesses say she suffered a broken wrist and was in shock.

The crash happened around 1:35 p.m. at Kaimalie Street and Fort Weaver Road.

"All I heard was someone coming down really fast so I dove into my car for fear of getting struck." Reporter question: So the GMC wasn't on his side of the street? "No it was going down the center, straddling the yellow lane," said witness David Tsai.  

"At this point, we believe alcohol and speed are factors and it appears both front seat passengers of the envoy were wearing their seatbelts," said HPD Lt.  Bobby Towne. 

Three of the teenagers attended Campbell High School.  The school's counseling department says it is available to all students today. "All counselors will be on standby for any student in need of grief counseling. 9th grade counselor and admin team, D-111; 10th grade counselor and admin team, D-101; 11th-12th-High Risk-Outreach and admin team in A-Building. Open door policy for all students" said Jon Nagamine, Student Support Specialist. 

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