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Lanai community grieves mother of 3 killed in car crash

(image: Facebook/Natasha Jenkins) (image: Facebook/Natasha Jenkins)
Lanai (Hawaii News Now) -

A rare traffic fatality on Lanai is hitting the community hard.

Residents are grieving the loss of Natasha Jenkins, 34, who died in a single-car crash over the weekend.

“She was like the glue for the family. She was the glue for a lot of people. She kept people together. She was just, she was just Tasha, my sister," her brother Justin Phelps said.

Jenkins was not only a sister and a daughter, but a wife and a mother of three.

Phelps said she was a social butterfly. She went out of her way to help others, and she always had a smile on her face.

"Lanai is a small place. You get used to seeing somebody every single day. And then the next moment you don't," Phelps said.

"Something like that can happen in a blink of the eye. Someone like her who everybody ... they know her smile. It's just another face they won't see every day. Anybody that saw my sister on a day-to-day basis, won't have that."

Traffic investigators said Jenkins veered off of Keomoku Road just after 3:15 a.m. Sunday and hit an embankment. Her vehicle rolled over several times, and Jenkins was ejected from the vehicle. The car then came to a stop on top of her.

She was taken to Lanai Community Hospital, where she later died from her injuries.

"You don't plan for something like this. You don't expect something like that. So it kinda sends the family into kind of a confused state," her brother said.

On Monday, residents drove together around town and down to the crash site so people could say their goodbyes.

Lanai residents say her loss is an indescribable feeling.

Her brother says she has a personality you can't forget.

"Positivity is rare in our age in this world and she had that positive vibe and that's just one less positive vibe that's gonna be out there," he said.

Authorities say they're investigating whether speed, drugs and alcohol were involved in the crash. This is Maui County's 12th traffic fatality of the year, compared to 15 this same time last year.

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