Mourners turn crash site into a makeshift memorial

Keone Cardenas
Keone Cardenas
Tiara Companion
Tiara Companion
Megan Neifert
Megan Neifert

By Leland Kim - bio | email

WINDWARD OAHU (KHNL) - Wednesday night's crash site on Likelike Highway near the Wilson Tunnel has become a growing makeshift memorial for the three victims: James Krzywonski, Keone Cardenas and Amelia Albertsen.

Their loved ones are coping by coming to the place where their friends' lives ended two nights ago. They try to piece together the broken memories of people they cared so deeply about.

They come one by one to pay their respects, to honor their friends who died during Wednesday night's crash on Likelike Highway.

"It's really sad," said Tiara Companion, a friend of one of the victims. "And oh, it's hard for the family."

They bring a token of their affection for their friends who are no longer here. They bring heavy hearts full of memories. Keone Cardenas, 25, was in the front passenger seat when the car crashed going a hundred miles an hour.

"He was a really good person, always hanging out with all his friends," said Companion. "He was a really good friend to everybody."

"He just always wanted to make everybody happy and smile," added Megan Neifert, who is also Cardenas' friend. "And just share his love with everybody. He was just a great friend."

His friends say Cardenas had a good sense of humor and a passion for good food, which he shared with those close to him.

"He made the best chow mein and teri burgers," said Neifert. "That's what he was known for."

Cardenas' friends already miss his special qualities.

"His smile," said Neifert. "His smile and his laugh was contagious. He loved to play music and his guitar. He would always kanekapila."

As they go scroll through their memory book and jot down new ones, they hope others learn from all this.

"Everybody's got to really slow down especially younger kids got to watch out," said Companion. "Especially if it's your friends in the car."

Cardenas worked at Haleiwa Joe's in Kaneohe with Krzywonski, 30, who was the driver. Albertsen, 22, is the third crash victim and she is from Iowa.