Two Killed in Waimanalo Crash

WAIMANALO (KHNL) - Two women were killed when a speeding SUV slammed into their car in Waimanalo. Police arrested a 17-year old boy who was driving the SUV. Besides speeding, police say he was also drinking.

The crash happened on Kalanianaole Highway at Inoaole Street. Police say just before it happened, an officer saw the SUV speed by the 7-11. They say he tried to pull the vehicle over.

"From far away, I heard a lot of cop sirens and cars," said John Bowes, who lives near the crash site.

Then came the crash, which neighbors describe as tremendous.

"It must've been a pretty bad crash," said Kenny Ellis, who heard it even though he lives a block away.

"I heard the whooom and I looked up and all I saw was the back of this explorer looking car," said Bowes.

"I seen this car up against the wall," said Ellis. "On the inside had two girls. Was sad."

The two women were identified as 39-year old Michelle Benevedes, and 38-year old Racquel Akau. The latest victims of what neighbors say is a dangerous roadway.

"People don't stop," said Bowes. "Half of the people, they roll em all the way, and they just won't stop, even if they see a car. They expect the car to stop."

"At night you can hear skid," said Ellis. "You can tell people are speeding sometimes."

"I hope nobody tries to blame police for this cause, it's the damn kids or whoevers running away," said Bowes. "It's not the cops fault. Doing their job."

Police say the driver and another 17-year old ran away after the crash.

Officers caught the driver a short time later. He faces charges of negligent homicide, failure to render aid, and drunken driving.

The other 17-year old has not been caught.

The two women were the 7th and 8th traffic deaths on Oahu so far this year, compared to five at the same time last year.