Crash Snarls Freeway Traffic, Witnesses Sought

Pam Lucas
Pam Lucas

HONOLULU (KHNL) - For the second time in three days, a driver has fled the scene of a violent car crash. No one was killed in this latest collision, but it created a traffic backlog on the H-1 Freeway Tuesday afternoon.

Drivers wonder what's up, as traffic on the H-1 Freeway slows to a crawl. Up ahead, near the Vineyard Boulevard off-ramp, a car is smashed.

"I heard this crash then followed by two booms, you know, boom and glass shattering," Pam Lucas, witness, said.

Police say a car was traveling in the right lane, when the suspect's vehicle cut in. The driver lost control as he swerved to avoid the suspect, and spun across to the left lane. Investigators say a truck then broadsided the car, sending it back to the right shoulder and into a light pole.

"This guy was in his car, and he seemed hurt pretty bad," Lucas said. "We just stayed and watched for a little while, see what we could do which wasn't much."

The 30-year-old man went to the hospital in serious condition. Police say the driver who caused the crash didn't stick around.

Pam Lucas has lived next to the H-1 for more than 15 years.

"Every time we hear brakes, you know, we jump and we cringe and we head straight for the window because I don't know if it's going to come crashing through my house," she said.

She hopes drivers will be more careful, so images of twisted metal can be avoided.

"You never get used to it," Lucas said.

Witnesses describe the suspect vehicle as a black compact car. If you have any information about this case, call police.