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Fatal accident in Waimanalo kills one, injures two

WAIMANALO, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A small memorial of teddy bears, flowers, some balloons, candles and a note marked an area near where a 19-year-old Kaneohe woman lost her life in a traffic crash in Waimanalo.

According to police, the 2003 Honda Civic she was riding was going southeast on Hihimanu Street when the driver lost control of the speeding car. It veered off the road, hit a utility pole, and spun 180 degrees.

"One female was ejected from the vehicle," Honolulu police Lt. Carlene Lau said. "She was in the rear passenger side of the vehicle. She was not wearing a seat belt," Lau said.

Friends identified the woman as Jessica Lum. A few of them gathered to light candles at the makeshift memorial.

"I distinctly remember going to St. Francis School and having her there and just being the person to put a smile on your face when you're down," said a tearful Brittney McCray, who was one of Lum's classmates.

"She was the first person I saw when I'd come in the morning," said another classmate, Tori Piccoli-Wong. "She made us laugh, made us happy, brightened our day when we were sad."

Tara Mossman was relaxing at a park nearby. She heard the accident and saw the young woman die.

"She was breathing, and she took her last breath maybe about five minutes after that," she said.

The other two women, both in their early 20s, were seriously injured. Mossman said she tried to console them and was told the driver was texting, looked up and swerved to avoid hitting a vehicle.

"This is per the passenger," Mossman said. "Next thing she knew she turned around and she seen her girlfriend flying out the back of the car."

A relative one of one of the women said Lum lived in Waimanalo with 21-year-old Tyler Parker, also known as Pele. She was identified by family members as the passenger who survived the crash.

Police said speed and alcohol were factors in the crash and have opened a negligent homicide investigation.

Lum's death is Oahu's 17th traffic fatality of the year, compared to 21 a year ago.

"Jess was always there for everyone," said McCray. "And she'll still be there for us no matter what."

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