Authorities identify elderly man who died after crashing into telephone pole

A 70-year-old man has died after crashing his vehicle into a pole in Wahiawa on Wednesday morning, officials said.
Published: Feb. 22, 2023 at 8:15 AM HST|Updated: Feb. 23, 2023 at 8:37 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the 70-year-old man killed in a single-vehicle crash in Wahiawa as Lansing Kakazu.

The incident happened around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Honolulu police said he was driving westbound on California Avenue when he veered right of the roadway and crashed into a wooden telephone pole.

Emergency Medical Services treated the driver and transported him to the hospital in critical condition, but he later died.

Kakazu was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, police said.

It does not appear that speed, drugs and alcohol are contributing factors, but police are still investigating.

This is the 11th traffic death on Oahu this year compared to nine around the same time last year.

This story will be updated.