A Father And Son Die In A Kahaluu Car Crash

Kaleo Davis
Kaleo Davis

KAHALUU (KHNL) - A deadly collision claims two more lives. It happened in Kahalu'u at about 8:30 Wednesday morning. The Honolulu Police Department said this is the 20th fatal crash so far this year.

Traffic fatalities are up almost 30 percent from just a year ago. Including today's victims, 23 people have died on Oahu roads this year. As police conduct their investigation, another family is left wondering why?

Speed and slick roads: a dangerous combination on the windward side.

Robert Johnson said he saw a car racing down Kamehameha Highway, at about 70 miles an hour.

"It was raining at that time and the road was wet," said Johnson, a Kahalu'u resident. "And I was thinking he might not be able to make that turn over there."

The car crashed near Kahaluu Elementary, and police agree the driver appears to have been speeding.

"The vehicle was traveling Kuhuku bound, hit the pole, ripped in half," said Lt. Richard Robinson, a Honolulu Police Department spokesperson.

The driver, 23-year-old Patrick Davis, flew out of the car and died. His infant son Kingston also died.

"I was stunned," said Kaleo Davis, the victims' cousin. "I thought someone was playing a joke but my sister-in-law called me crying and I already knew something bad had happened."

Kaleo can't believe his cousins are dead.

"I can't put into words," said Davis, trying to hold back tears. "I don't know what to say."

Kingston's grandfather Alfred Nihipali says he'll miss not being able to see the baby grow up. And the family has a message for Oahu drivers.

"You got to slow down, you know what I mean," said Davis. "Just go slow. No speeding. You're going to get there sometime. Speeding ain't the way."

Speeding is a factor in about half of all deadly accidents, and police say Wednesday's crash appears to be no different. Family members describe Patrick as a good guy, and eight-month-old Kingston as a happy kid, always smiling.