'My dad is gone': A deadly night on Oahu roads leaves families heartbroken

Maunawili fatal crash scene (image: Hawaii News Now)
Maunawili fatal crash scene (image: Hawaii News Now)
Wahiawa fatal crash scene (image: Hawaii News Now)
Wahiawa fatal crash scene (image: Hawaii News Now)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A string of fatal car crashes across Oahu has left several families devastated and police concerned.

Within three hours early Friday morning, three people died on Honolulu roadways.

The first accident happened around 1230 a.m. Police say a 30-year-old man was killed after he hit a rock wall while driving in Maunawili.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

About 15 minutes later, officers were called to Kamehameha Highway fronting Kualoa Ranch in Kaaawa.

They say a pickup truck, driven by a 37-year-old Kaneohe man, veered off the road slammed into three people.

Karllton Gorai, 60, was pinned against a wall and died at the scene.

His two friends were critically injured.

"My mom called me, I was at work and she told me that my dad is gone," said his oldest daughter, Karllyn.

Family members say Gorai was fishing when he was hit.

Police suspect the truck driver was speeding and under the influence of drugs.

"I'm trying my best. This is my second son that's gone," said Gorai's mother Lorraine.

Lorraine said her other son, Kevin, passed away from cancer in 2005.

The family is devastated and want people to take driving under the influence more seriously.

"We should live above the influence. It keeps happening but some people are just not listening and that's a problem," Karllyn said.

Gorai leaves behind four children, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

His loved ones say he was known for selling flowers on the side of the road in Mililani.

"Now he won't have time for his grand kids anymore. So that's my only thing. He can't see his grand kids and my kids won't know him as well," Gorai's other daughter, Karillyn said.

Then around 3:30 a.m., authorities say a 30-year-old homeless woman was killed when a truck hit her as she tried to cross the southbound lanes of the H-2 freeway in Wahiawa.

Police say these are Oahu's 26th, 27th and 28th traffic fatalities this year. That is compared to 21 this same time last year.

"This is our 13th pedestrian fatality of the year, which is much more than similar times in previous years, so that is something we're concerned about," said Lt. Ben Moszkowicz with Honolulu Police Department.

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