Man killed in fiery H-2 crash identified as Schofield-based soldier

Published: Oct. 29, 2019 at 10:12 AM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) -One man died and two others were injured in an early-morning fiery crash in Central Oahu Sunday.

The man who died was identified Monday as Keith Mays Jr., 21, a Schofield Barracks-based soldier originally from Atlanta, Georgia.

He was a specialist attached to the 25th Division Sustainment Brigade and was stationed at Schofield since June 2019.

The crash also left two others badly hurt. At last check, they were listed in serious condition.

Police believe Mays was a passenger in the vehicle.

He was taken to Wahiawa General Hospital in critical condition, where he later died.

Keith Mays
Keith Mays(Facebook/Keith Mays)

It happened just before 6 a.m. Sunday. Police temporarily closed off the H-2 freeway in both directions near the Leilehua off ramp.

According to police, all three were heading north in an SUV when the vehicle went off the road and hit the center guard rail.

The SUV flipped multiple times before coming to a stop in the inner left southbound lane. Police say all three inside were ejected from the vehicle onto the road.

Witness Tony Fontillas was heading to work when he came across the gruesome scene.

“I went over to the right lane and slowed down, and (I) see all of the debris on the ground. And then on the left hand lane, right in the middle of the lane, I see a person lying down in a puddle of blood,” Fontillas said.

He recalled seeing another victim laying motionless on the road just a few feet away.

A vehicle burst into flames after the crash as emergency crews rush to the scene.
A vehicle burst into flames after the crash as emergency crews rush to the scene.(Tony Fontillas)

After the crash, the SUV burst into flames as emergency crews responded.

The driver and one of the passengers survived, police said. A preliminary investigation revealed that speed and alcohol appeared to be factors.

Southbound lanes of the freeway were opened by 6:45 a.m., but northbound lanes remained closed until just before 10 a.m.

A unit memorial service will be held for Mays, but details are still pending.

This is the 41st traffic fatality of the year compared to 54 this same last year.

This story may be updated.

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