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Barriers Erected Following Fatal Crash

Crash site in Kalaeloa early Tuesday morning. Crash site in Kalaeloa early Tuesday morning.
Tanya House, crash victim Tanya House, crash victim
Ceira Yannell Ceira Yannell

by Minna Sugimoto

KALAELOA (KHNL) - Two days after a deadly crash at Kalaeloa, state road crews make safety improvements in the area.

Also on Wednesday, the Honolulu Medical Examiner released the name of the second teen who was killed Monday's crash.

Ceira Yannell gets a stuffed animal ready and puts on a brave face. She and others at En Fuego Restaurant prepare to say goodbye to their co-worker and friend, Tanya House.

"The last time I saw her was Saturday night," Yannell said. "She was in a pretty good mood then. So she was pretty happy."

The 18-year-old died when the car she was riding in went airborne and slammed into the bottom of a ditch. The crash also killed 16-year-old Leslie Kim.

House's co-workers arrive at the site, and leave flowers and messages for her.

"It's just hard to see," Yannell said. "Like you look at the spot and it's like you kind of picture what happened."

On Wednesday, state workers put in several concrete and wooden barriers that should keep cars from driving off the edge of Roosevelt Avenue. Transportation officials believe the fence that used to seal off the area may have been purposely pulled away so that drivers could use the dirt road as a short cut to Kamokila Boulevard and Campbell Industrial Park.

Road crews say they saw the fence was broken on Monday, and put in a work order to replace it. That was just hours before the deadly crash.

"If it was there before, 'cause then the road's closed from there on, you know, it would have saved a lot more lives," Chester Jamorabon, victim's friend, said.

The teens who died were passengers in the car. Police believe speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.

Friends say the driver, 19-year-old Daniel Rebujio, was Tanya House's boyfriend.

"I just remember that she's a really happy person," Yannell said. "Like she wouldn't, she wouldn't want us to be sad about her, you know. She'd just want us to be happy."

The driver and a 14-year-old passenger survived the crash.

Friends say House was accepted to the University of Hawaii and planned to study fashion design. Kim was to start his junior year at Kapolei High School this week.

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