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Speed a factor in single-car crash that killed 3

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KAPOLEI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Speed appears to be a factor in a single-car crash in Kapolei late Monday that left three Japanese students dead, authorities said.

The city Medical Examiner's office has identified two of the three victims; Takumi Yamamoto, 19, and Norihito Shigeta, 20, both died of multiple blunt force injuries, officials said.

The crash happened around 11:15 p.m. on Farrington Highway, between Noulu Street at Kowelo Avenue.

Police said the car was traveling in the Honolulu-bound direction of Farrington Highway when it lost control and slammed into a tree and a wall. The mangled wreck of the vehicle -- a two-seater Nissan 350Z convertible -- was virtually unrecognizable after the crash.

"I heard 'boom' and 'boom' - smaller the other one, because when it hit the wall that's the small one already. The big one was when he hit the tree," said Jesse Ramos, a Kapolei resident who lives near the crash site.

Parts of the car ended up in the backyard of the home where he lives with his wife.

"It's so sad and scary," said Marie Ramos. "If they are not fast, the driver's not fast, it shouldn't be that way," she said.

Police do not suspect that alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Yoshi Tsurumi, executive director of Hawaii Tokai International College, confirmed that two of the victims in the fatal crash were students. 

"The students are from Japan and their families have been notified. We are still awaiting official confirmation of the identity of the third victim," Tsurumi said, in a statement. "We respectfully request privacy and the understanding of the media as our community supports and provides outreach to our students. Our thoughts are with the students and their families during this difficult time."

Paramedics said all three were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police closed Farrington Highway in both directions during the investigation. All lanes were reopened around 4:15 a.m. Tuesday.

The three bring the number of traffic fatalities on Oahu so far this year to 49, compared to 44 at the same time last year.

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