One Man Dead, One Hurt After Van Plows into Ewa Work Site - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

One Man Dead, One Hurt After Van Plows into Ewa Work Site

Police say this 19-year-old man admitted he fell asleep at the wheel Police say this 19-year-old man admitted he fell asleep at the wheel
Lisa Reimann-Siu Lisa Reimann-Siu

By Minna Sugimoto

EWA (KHNL)- One man is dead Monday night, another is in serious condition after a van plows into them near the Latitudes by Gentry subdivision construction site in Ewa.

The victims were working in the dirt area near a wall when the van slammed into them.

The wife and daughter of the man who died arrived at the scene and were comforted by the victim's coworkers.

Workers with Paul's Electrical identified the dead man as Maurice Kong, a father of two and their foreman on the Gentry project.

Police say a 19-year-old man admitted he fell asleep at the wheel causing the van to veer off the roadway.

Officers did not arrest him.

"I feel real bad. I would like to tell them to their face. Not with you guys around" said the 19-year-old man, surrounded by news media.

"I saw him lose control, fishtailing. He became airborne... before he came down, still fishtailing when the workers, who were facing the wall turned around. He hit the first one and he was thrown off to the side. But the older gentleman was hit dead-on and went under" said witness Lisa Reimann-Siu.

The medical examiner's office removed the body at about 4:00 PM Monday. Police have opened a negligent homicide investigation.

Coworkers identified the other victim as Fau Mautautia. He was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in serious condition.

People who live in the area say that the project just celebrated its groundbreaking several weeks ago.

"I'm very sad. Life is so precious. You go to work... and this happens" said Reimann-Siu.

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