By: Stephen Florino
KAPOLEI (KHNL) - Oahu's dangerous roads claims another life.
A 31-year-old man was killed after crashing his SUV into a utility pole in a remote part of Kapolei. The crash happened on old Farrington Highway around 10:15 Saturday night.
Flowers mark the spot of Oahu's latest traffic death, but you don't need to see them to know something tragic happened here.
There are long skid marks, broken car parts and the burnt brush -- that's all that's left after an SUV crashes into the concrete utility pole.
"The vehicle was travelling to Waipahu on old Farrington, at a high rate of speed, and attempted to overtake a vehicle," says Sgt. John Agno of HPD Traffic division.
The SUV should have veered back into the right lane, but that didn't happen.
"Witnesses say the vehicle just continued on straight off of the roadway and into that large utility pole," says Agno.
The crash causes severe damage to the front of the SUV, and it bursts into flames.
"By the time HPD and HFD got here, the vehicle was fully engulfed," says Agno.
Police say the driver suffers burns on his entire body, and dies at the scene.
As the smoke floats out of the wreckage, police investigate the other factors in the crash. They aren't sure if alcohol was involved, but they say the SUV was speeding.
The death is the 27th on Oahu's roads so far this year, compared to 25 at the same time last year.