EWA BEACH, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Speed is believed to be a factor in a fiery, single-car crash in Ewa Beach on Thursday night that killed three people.
Family and friends identified the victims as Joshua deGuzman and Kassandra Kim, who had a 9-month-old son together, and their good friend Ryan Tuazon. All three were in their late 20s.
On Facebook, deGuzman's sister wrote a painful tribute to those who were lost and pledged to help take care of the couple's child.
"To my baby brother, I love you," wrote Michele Hokulani Markwith on a GoFundMe page established for the couple's son. "And I will carry you in my heart until we meet again."
Markwith also told Hawaii News Now that her brother was "caring, very kind, very patient."
"He had a lot of aloha for everyone he met," she said.
Tuazon's mother, Angela, said she hasn't yet come to grips that her son is gone.
"To me, I feel like he's just at work; he never come home yet," she said. "My son is a good loving person, no trouble. He's too young to die."
The crash happened about 8 p.m. on Farrington Highway near Kahi Mohala.
Honolulu police said a 2010 Scion was traveling westbound on Farrington when the driver apparently lost control, causing the car to flip over before slamming into a concrete pillar and catching fire.
Traffic investigators said the driver, front and rear passengers were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
Officials said the crash happened during clear weather, which is why they suspect speed may be a factor.
The speed limit in that stretch of Farrington Highway is 35 mph.
Lanes were shut down during the investigation, but they have since been reopened.
The deaths mark the 23rd, 24th and 25th traffic-related fatalities this year compared to 28 this same time last year.