Man Dies, Woman Critically Injured in Haleiwa Crash

Jeff Fischer
Jeff Fischer

HALEIWA (KHNL) - A Haleiwa man says he knew something bad was going to happen when he saw a speeding car pass him Saturday night. That car rear-ended a motorcycle, killing one man and critically injuring a woman.

Jeff Fischer says many drivers go faster than the 25 mile-per-hour speed limit in that area, but he says the car that passed him was going so fast that he thought someone would be hurt.

Unfortunately, he was right.

Motorcycle parts scatter across Haleiwa Road. Further down, a car rests on its side.

It's the scene of the latest deadly traffic crash on Oahu -- a scene Fischer saw coming. He picked up his son from work Saturday night and saw the motorcycle and a speeding car going in the other direction.

"I thought, 'gosh darn, they'd better slow down or something's gonna happen,'" said Fischer.

In the daytime, the damage can clearly be seen: the long skid marks, broken pieces on the road and grass, and the concrete barrier broken and on its side.

Fischer says the car passed him so fast that it shook his truck.

"I dunno, going at least 50 or 60," said Fischer. "It seemed faster than that to me. For something to go by and -- whoosh -- and cause my car to shake side to side, it was going pretty darn fast."

Police say the car collided into the motorcycle, knocking the driver off and then dragging him.

"He probably didn't see or had no idea what was going on. It happened so quick," said Fischer.

The man suffers massive injuries and dies at the scene. The woman driving the car is taken to the hospital in critical condition.

"If people would just drive slower and be more cautious, things like this probably can be avoided," said Fischer.

The victim is identified as 55-year-old Valaile Fuiava of Waialua. He is the 25th person to die in a traffic crash on Oahu this year.

Police say speed was a factor in the crash. They are still checking if alcohol was involved.