Police chase ends with fatal crash near Schofield

Police chase ends with fatal crash near Schofield

WAHIAWA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu Police are investigating a fatal car crash in Wahiawa.  It happened on Kunia Road near the Foote Gate of Schofield Barracks.

A drug search warrant led to a pursuit and it all ended with a fatal crash.  The man police were looking for is also the man that died at the scene.

The crash was so violent a Honda sedan was sliced into two pieces.

"The cars were travelling in opposite directions. The white Camry was going to make a left turn into Schofield. We have witnesses that say the Camry had the green light meaning the Honda ran the red light. The two of them made contact. The impact forced the Honda into the traffic light pole which then split in half," said Lt. Bobby Towne, Honolulu Police Department.

The passenger of the Honda was thrown from the car and died at the scene.  He has been identified as 38 year old Michael Daraban of Wahiawa.

The 29 year old driver of the Honda is in serious condition.

The woman in the Camry, who is in her fifties, is also hospitalized in serious condition.

Police say officers tried to serve a search warrant at Daraban's house for drugs but he wasn't home. An hour later officers spotted him in the Honda.  The men sped off and moments later they crashed.

"The gray Honda was involved in a prior police investigation," said Lt. Towne.

Court records show Daraban has been charged ten times in the past including a previous drug conviction.

Police also say speed was a factor in this crash.

"It's obvious to us to split a vehicle in half we do have speed and there is a formula we will try to use later to determine the exact speed," said Lt. Towne.

Police have opened a negligent homicide case on the Honda driver.  Kunia Road near the accident scene was closed for nearly six hours. Police are testing the Honda driver for drugs and alcohol.  They plan to look at the surveillance video from Schofield Barracks to see if it shows the crash.

We spoke with Daraban's sister although the family did not have any comment at this time.

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