HONOLULU (KHNL) - Sad news from the Honolulu Police Department. Late Sunday morning Officer Steve Favela died. On Tuesday, Favela crashed his motorcycle during the Presidential motorcade. Sunday morning he passed away as he was surrounded by his wife and family.
HPD's Captain Frank Fujii says, "It's with a heavy heart I inform you that about 11:15 this morning Officer Steve Favela passed away from injuries he sustained while performing his duties in the Presidential Escort last Tuesday."
The 30 year-old officer crashed at Hickam Air Force Base while trying to avoid a fellow officer who had crashed on a slick road. Before boarding Air Force One to leave Hawaii, President Bush talked to a Police Major about the accident and expressed concern for Favela and the other two officers who were hurt. Later he called the Police Chief to again express his concern.
Favela suffered internal injuries and a severe leg injury. His leg was amputated.
On Friday his wife Barbara and other family members thanked people for their support mostly in the form of blood donations.
Captain Fujii explains, "It has been a real rough 5-6 days for them and they are terribly exhausted physically and mentally and they really need private time to make adjustments through this difficult time. They have four little kids that need attending to."
Favela's oldest child is seven years old. The youngest, just three months.