Homeowners talk about party that preceded fatal crash

Homeowners talk about party that preceded fatal crash
Published: Jun. 19, 2013 at 1:06 AM HST|Updated: Jun. 19, 2013 at 2:43 PM HST
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WAIANAE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - For the first time we hear from the homeowners who had the party before the fatal crash over the weekend.

The homeowner says it was a 16th birthday party for his son's coworker's sister. It was supposed be kept to 15-20 people but it quickly became much more than that.

Before the truck burst into flames and before one person was killed and four others hurt in the crash near Makua, the teens were coming from a house on Pokaihene Place in Waianae.

"I seen kids with beers in their hands. I was taking away beers. Had this little kid with a vodka bottle walking around like it was legal on the street so I took it away from him," said the 38 year old homeowner who did not want to be identified.

He says he got rid of the uninvited kids and got the party back to the original group. Then at about 10:00 a second wave of kids arrived. He estimates there were 200 people and says they came drunk already.

"I told them you got to go. Take your friends and go. And that's when one beer bottle hit the ground, I heard it, boom," said the man. "I was getting scared put it that way. Because there is no way I can handle hundreds of kids."

That's when he knew it was reaching dangerous levels. He does remember seeing the truck that got into the fatal accident although he doesn't remember seeing Kamealohanakekaiau Wilbur-Delima, the 18 year old boy who was driving.

"I seen the truck leaving, but I had choke cars leaving and through all the havoc I wasn't sure who was in the car," said the homeowner.

He says he never provided any alcohol and the kids weren't allowed in the house. He regrets allowing the party at all and he and his girlfriend fear a lawsuit.

"Whatever I lose I can get back. The kid he cannot get back. His mom, he's somebody's son. I got kids too," said the man as he fought back his emotions.

"We didn't do anything wrong and we handled it, the people that were there the grownups that were there handled it the best way they could," said his live in girlfriend.

The couple says none of the families involved in Saturday's crash have contacted them. Although he has hired an attorney who will start interviewing witnesses this week as a precautionary measure.

Wilbur-Delima was arrested for negligent homicide and failing to render aid. Honolulu Police believe speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.

The crash victim was identified by friends and family as 16 year old Zain Lalawai. Four other kids between 13 and 16 years old were seriously hurt. There were a dozen people in the pickup truck when it crashed.

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