Waialua Friends Mourn Another Loss

Jansen Fujinaga
Jansen Fujinaga
Shane Bachiller
Shane Bachiller

WAIALUA (KHNL) - Another traffic tragedy hit a group of teenagers on Oahu's North Shore over the weekend.

Their childhood friend, 18-year-old Bobby Gouveia, died early Sunday morning in a car crash in Mokuleia.

It's the second time this year, this same group of Waialua friends has lost one of its own.

Gouveia, who was getting ready to return to school on the Mainland where he was studying to become an auto mechanic, was enjoying his last few days on the island hanging out with old friends.

"He's funny, he's a class-act, he made everybody laugh," said Jansen Fujinaga, Gouveia's friend.

"Everytime I used to see him, he used to make my day, because I would always have a smile on my face," said Bryson Ramirez.

Gouveia died when the car he was riding in crossed the center line of Farrington Highway at Mokuleia. It hit a pole, flipped over several times, before stopping at Dillingham Airfield and Gliderport. Police believe speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.

The driver and another passenger in the car are in stable condition at Queen's Medical Center.

Unfortunately, tragedy is following this group. Five months ago, right before graduation day, two of their classmates and close friends died. Shane Bachiller and Lanakila Vierra died in a car crash on Kaukonahua Road near Waialua.

"After the accident, it kinda really shocked us because it's right before graduation, everybody started to think about what they're gonna do when they go out so they don't get injured or hurt," said Fujinaga.

Gouveia's friends say although he liked to speed, he was a good driver. They just can't believe they're saying goodbye to one of their own, again.

"I wouldn't mind being where they are right now, just to see them one last time," said Ramirez.