Man killed in two-car crash on H-1 Freeway

Alan Bluemke
Alan Bluemke

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

PEARL CITY (KHNL) - A man is dead after a two-car crash near the merge of the H-1 and H-2 Freeways on Oahu. The mid-day collision snarled East-bound traffic for hours.

A car comes to rest next to a freeway median. Its driver still pinned inside.

The incident jams up traffic on the H-1 and H-2 Freeways, as well as Kamehameha Highway, which all come through the area.

"Almost an hour," Kamalei Pohano-Fellezs said about her normally five-minute commute. "From like Waipio to here."

Witnesses tell investigators a car was in the far left lane of the H-1 near Leeward Community College, when an SUV cut into the lane, clipping the front of the car.

"It was just a freak accident upon, you know, merging lanes," Maj. Alan Bluemke, Honolulu Police Department, said.

That minor impact caused the car to veer off the road, smash into a light pole on the median, and crash on its roof.

"According to the witness, it does not appear that speed or any type of reckless driving, road rage incident was involved at this time," Bluemke said.

The man inside the car, tentatively identified as a 54-year-old from Mililani, dies at the scene.

Police say the 19-year-old Waipahu man driving the SUV and his passengers -- a 19-year-old woman and a nine-month-old boy -- are not injured.

"Kind of sad 'cause, well, it's not right for people to be like getting hurt," Pohano-Fellezs said.

Twenty-four people have now died on Oahu's roads this year. That's compared to 37 traffic fatalities at this time last year.