People affected by deadly crashes relieved to see fatalities down

Fred Calleon
Fred Calleon

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

NANAKULI (KHNL) - New Honolulu police statistics show Oahu's roads weren't as deadly during the first seven months of this year as last year.

For the past three months, Fred Calleon has been tending to a roadside memorial by the driveway of his Nanakuli home. It marks the site where Koapaka Miles, 4, was killed.

"You can not help but notice that. I mean, you know, the memorial is there," Calleon said. "And I just say a few words to Koapaka."

The speeding driver who, investigators say, caused the May 15th crash on Farrington Highway also died.

Calleon says people should remember the tragedy.

"It's a lot of speeding still (on Farrington Highway)," he said. "I mean, I'm not saying everybody. But, you know, I see a few going by. They go by pretty quick. I've seen couple close calls."

According to a new report, Oahu has actually seen significant drops in the number of traffic fatalities and the number of major collisions.

Twenty-nine people died on our roads between January 1st and July 31st. That's a nearly 28% decrease from 2007, which had 40 fatalities in the same time frame.

"It's great," Calleon said. "It could be another reason though, the gas prices. But, you know, I'm glad it is down."

Also, there have been about 900 fewer major collisions in the first seven months of this year.

But for Calleon, while the stuffed animals get dirty and the balloons deflate, one crash stays fresh in his mind.

"I always think about (Koapaka), you know," he said. "And it's as vivid as the day it happened."