Two moms get dreaded calls about their sons

The 19-year-old driver Kyer Valleros. Photo courtesy Honolulu Police Department
The 19-year-old driver Kyer Valleros. Photo courtesy Honolulu Police Department

By Tim Sakahara - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A group of friends from Waipahu is mourning after a fatal crash involving seven young adults.  The crash happened at 2:00 a.m. and since then time has been a blur for the families involved.

The Toyota minivan was heading east on the H-1 freeway in Aiea when the driver went up the embankment, flipped several times and stopped on its side under the Kaonohi Overpass.  Seven young men between 18 to 20 years old were in the van.  Police say none of them were wearing seatbelts and speed and alcohol are believed to be involved.

The medical examiner says 20 year old Ervin Yanuaria died from his injuries.  He was a 2009 graduate of Waipahu High School.  He turned down going into the military after high school because he was afraid of dying young.  His mom says the friends were partying last night when they left to go to Waikiki.  That's when the crash happened.

Later in the morning when Yanuaria's mom was on the bus going to work, she got the dreaded phone call saying her son was in the hospital.

"I go straight to Queens (Medical Center) and I went in the emergency. When I get there my husband talked with the social worker already," said Gemma Yanuaria, victim's mom. "They had a surgery for Ervin but at 4:30 they said he passed away."

It's always the case a crash scene like that, leads to a reaction like this.

"I'm worried about my son," said a tearful Marilyn Valleros.

Valleros' son Kyer was the driver.  She talked with him last night at about 9:00 when he said he was going to the store.  The next time she spoke with him was before sunrise when he called her from jail.

"He told me mom I'm in the Honolulu Police Station jail. Don't worry for me. That's all he said. Now I'm waiting for another call," said Valleros.

Kyer Valleros, 19, was arrested for negligent homicide.  His mom is especially distraught because she just moved from the Philippines after being away from her son the past four years.  Now she's worried she'll be separated again if he goes to prison.

"It's so sad for anybody to find out in this manner. For a mother to hear this news about her son and now it's not just one person affected it's a whole group of people, it's a whole community," said Jennifer Dotson, Mothers Against Drunk Driving Executive Director.

Which is another reason for parents to talk with their kids about the dangers of drinking and driving especially heading into Super Bowl weekend.

"There is a very important message, everyone should remember to be safe don't drink and drive, look out for each other and we can prevent another tragedy from happening on our roads," said Dotson.

The other five victims in the crash were hospitalized but later released with minor injuries.

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