4 Dead, 8 Hurt in Kunia Crash

Chopper 8 above the accident scene Monday morning in Kunia
Chopper 8 above the accident scene Monday morning in Kunia

(KHNL) - Honolulu Police officers have located a possible suspect and his car, following Monday's multiple fatal crash involving a pickup and cement truck in Kunia.  But investigators say they need witnesses who can place them at the crash scene.

The violent collision happened on Kunia Road just north of Wal-Mart at about 7-30am Monday morning.

Police say a 28-year-old woman driving a transport truck filled with farm workers swerved to avoid an on-coming car.

Witnesses told investigators that car, a light-colored sedan, had been trying to pass slow-moving traffic while heading toward Wahiawa. That stretch is clearly marked as a no-passing zone.

While trying to avoid the car, the farm truck veered into the path of an on-coming cement truck. Most of the farm workers were thrown from the pickup. Four of them, all women believed to be in their 40s, died at the scene.

Paramedics rushed eight others to the Queen's Medical Center. Police say two witnesses followed the suspect's car to Schofield Barracks.

Officers found the sedan on base and interviewed the driver. Sources say the 46-year-old man denied being the one who earlier passed vehicles on Kunia Road. HPD has classified this as a failure-to-render-aid case.

"We really need the witness statements in order for us to put together the case so that we can bring this person, whoever it is, you know, he may be responsible for the deaths of four people, and we'd like to bring him to justice. But we need the witnesses to come forward," said HPD Capt. Frank Fujii.

Investigators say at this point, they don't have enough to arrest the driver and impound his car.

Of the eight farm workers who were rushed to the hospital Monday, two were listed in critical condition, three were in serious condition and two have been treated and released.

Police say the condition of one other passenger is unknown.

The driver of the cement truck was not hurt.