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Teens Killed in Car Crash

Crash scene in Kalaeloa. Crash scene in Kalaeloa.
Friends gather to lay flowers near the crash site Tuesday. Friends gather to lay flowers near the crash site Tuesday.

by Minna Sugimoto

KALAELOA (KHNL) - Teenagers in Kapolei are mourning the loss of two of their friends. An 18-year-old woman and a 16-year-old boy were killed in a crash in Kalaeloa Monday night. Two other teens were injured.

With a heavy heart, Ryan Davis spray paints a message to his friends. It says, "We love you."

"This is their resting ground now," he said. "We have to come here to visit them now."

An 18-year-old woman and a 16-year-old boy are dead after a violent crash at the west end of Roosevelt Avenue Monday night. Police say the two were passengers in a speeding car that went airborne before slamming into a ditch.

"I just feel bad for the families and the parents, you know, to have to bury their kids," Davis said. "They're teenagers."

The Medical Examiner's office identified the boy as Leslie Kim of Kapolei. The office is not yet releasing the name of the woman.

Paramedics took the driver of the car, identified by friends as 19-year-old Daniel Rebujio, to the hospital in critical condition. The youngest in the car, 14-year-old Ronald Kim, was treated for his injuries and then released.

Kyle Dela Cruz hung out with the victims Monday night. He says he left them about 10 minutes before the crash.

"I had to be home and my friend, Justin, had to be home too," he said. "So, yeah, we went home and then we got a call and we all just rushed down here. It turned into a hell night."

Friends say the woman who died just graduated from Kapolei High.

"She signed her prom picture for me and she gave it to me," Tiffany Kellogg, victim's friend, said. "And she was just talking about finally getting out of school and starting her own life and she couldn't wait."

Investigators say alcohol may've played a role in the crash.

Fifty-six people have been killed on Oahu's roadways so far this year, compared to 50 at this time last year.