KAIMUKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - An overnight crash claimed the life of a recent Kamehameha Schools graduate and sent three of her friends to the hospital. Police said speed and alcohol were possible factors, but Tayler Pangan-Fergerstrom's family insisted that she didn't drink liquor.
There is a growing memorial for Pangan-Fergerstrom, 18, at the crash site in front of Kaimuki Middle School. Some of her relatives have stopped by, but her grandfather has no plans to visit.
"Too painful. I don't wanna go down there and see flowers and a cross and her name like I see at a lot of memorials. That's not necessary," said her grandfather. Everybody, if they wanna do anything, just remember her."
Police said Pangan-Fergerstrom was heading east on Kilauea Avenue with three passengers shortly after midnight.
"We know that they struck a curb. From that point the vehicle lost control, started to spin, then slid into the metal pole railings," said Lt. Bobby Towne of the Honolulu Police Department.
Pangan-Fergerstrom died at the scene. Her front seat passenger, an 18-year-old male from Arizona, is now in stable condition at Kuakini Hospital.
Two other passengers, a 19-year-old male from California and a 19-year-old male from the Big Island, are listed critical condition.
"Our world just kind of collapsed when they're taken from us so young. There's no why's. there's no how comes," said Fergerstrom.
Police removed numerous bottles of beer from the crash site and believe speed and alcohol may have been factors.
"They said they found alcohol, but my granddaughter doesn't drink," said Fergerstrom. "If they try to say she had alcohol in her body, no."
The medical examiner's office says Pangan-Fergerstrom died from multiple blunt force injuries. The toxicology results are pending.
Neighbors who live near the crash scene say the road was wet. Fergerstrom believes the rain and the two big dips along Kilauea Avenue may have contributed to the crash.
"Physically, she's gone, but her love, her presence, it's always here. It's always gonna be here," he said.
Pangan-Fergerstrom had just graduated from Kamehameha Schools where she competed in shot and discus on the track team. She had enrolled in Kapiolani Community College with dreams of becoming a photographer.
"She had a huge love for photography. That's what she wanted to do. She had her own vision of how she saw life and she was trying to capture that," said her grandfather.
This is the 47 traffic fatality in Honolulu this year compared to 50 this same time last year.