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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
New toxicology results show that a driver who was trusted with the lives of two girls had been drinking the night he crashed on the Pali Highway. Now the family of the teenager who died is speaking out in hopes of preventing future tragedies.
Kamalani Kalama was called a miracle baby. Her mother had five miscarriages in 11 years before finally being blessed with her youngest daughter. Kamalani's mother, Jackie, wears the bracelets that her 13-year-old daughter had on during the crash. Kamalani's sister misses dropping the bubbly teenager off at Kailua Intermediate School every morning.
"If I've learned a life lesson, it's love your kids. Love your loved ones. Kiss them, hug them cause you never know if that's the last time you'll ever see them walk out your door," said Jerica Kalama, Kamalani's sister.
Kamalani died on May 5 after having dinner in Waikiki with her friend, Danee Garcia, 14, and Danee's father, Mark Garcia. Police said the 33-year-old was speeding when his truck hit a tree on the Pali Highway. He also died at the scene. Toxicology results just released show his blood alcohol level was .123, which is well above the legal limit.
"I love her and I miss her, and it's just tragic that 13 years old and she's gone over a stupidity," said Jerica Kalama.
Danee Garcia suffered critical injuries, but has now been released from the hospital. Kamalani's family visited the crash site. They're still looking for closure and they have a message for parents getting behind the wheel while watching other people's children.
"You have somebody else's child in your hands, and as a parent you give them the responsibility to take care of your child not to do reckless things and something as tragic as this," said Kalama.
Kalama will be getting married this summer without her younger sister by her side.
"It ain't the easiest thing, but I know in time things will heal. I won't forget, but I think I'll be able to overcome it and move on and forgive and just live for my sister," said Kalama.
Kamalani's funeral is set for May 31. Visitation begins at 9:30 a.m. and the service starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park.