Tragedy In Hauula: Two Deadly Accidents On The Same Day

Aug 21, 2006 12:33 AM

By: Kristine Uyeno

HAUULA (KHNL) - Two accidents happened at the same place in Hauula in the same day.

They say the community is supporting each other and mourning together.

"It's a very emotional time right now," said Capt. Frank Fujii, Honolulu Police Spokesman.

Police say the latest accident happened right before 11 p.m. Saturday, when a group of 15 people were standing along the road.

"While there, a vehicle traveling northbound or Kahuku-bound on Kamehameha Highway veered into the group of people that were gathered on the mauka shoulder of Kamehameha Highway," said Fujii.

Two people died, 20-year-old Summer-Lynn Mau and 16-year-old Orem Kauvaka. The 21-year-old driver of the car who plowed into the people, Tiati Kane, survived and is in serious condition at Queen's Medical Center. Two others were treated and released from the hospital.

The victims were standing on the highway at this memorial, paying their respects to two friends who died earlier in the day.

In the first accident that happened early Saturday morning, police say a car was speeding down Kamehameha Highway. That's when the driver of the car lost control of the car, hit two utility poles and went off into the ditch.

The driver, 15-year-old Pepe Naupoto, died along with 16-year-old Alithia Ah Nee. Three others were hurt.

"I can tell you though I believe that was the 62nd traffic fatality. So you have 59 through 62 happened yesterday, all in one day, all in the same place, generally speaking. And we haven't even hit the holiday season," said Bryan Cheplic, spokesman for Emergency Medical Services.

Police have opened a negligent homicide investigation against the driver of the car, who plowed into the group of people.

They say speed was a factor in both accidents, but they're not sure if alcohol or drugs played a role in either crash.