Woman Killed in Two Car Collision

Car involved in fatal crash Thursday in Kalihi.
Car involved in fatal crash Thursday in Kalihi.

KALIHI (KHNL) - An elderly woman is dead, after a two-car collision near the Oahu Community Correctional Center Thursday morning. The woman and her husband were heading into the Marukai Wholesale parking lot, when the violent crash happened.

An impact so powerful, it leaves the two cars in pieces.

"I heard a loud crash," Andy Akamine, witness, said. "I turned around. I look, and I see the two cars sliding. And it looked like they were, they were sliding fast."

Police say an 82-year-old man was turning left into the Marukai parking lot, when an on-coming car broadsided his vehicle. His wife was his front-seat passenger, who suffered the brunt of the collision.

Several people rushed over to help.

"Looked like the lady that was helping them was a, maybe a nurse or something 'cause she kind of knew what's going on," Akamine said. "So she said that she was in shock, and unconscious due to the shock, and it's best that we leave her alone."

The 78-year-old woman died.

The west-bound side of Kamehameha Highway in that area was shut down, while officers investigated.

"The weather conditions, we're told it was raining very heavily at the time," Sgt. Michael Brede, H.P.D. Traffic, said. "Other than that, the investigation is still on-going."

Witnesses say the driver of the second car appeared to be okay. They say he jumped out of his car, looked around at the scene, and started talking on his cell phone.

As for the elderly woman's husband:

"The old man had a big gash in his arm and a hole in his head, a small hole in his head," Akamine said. "So we were kind of concerned about him. He was shaking. And we tried to comfort him."

Paramedics took the husband and the 54-year-old driver of the other car to the hospital. Police say their injuries are not life-threatening.