Loved ones identify 2 killed in Waiahole head-on crash

Published: Jul. 1, 2016 at 8:51 AM HST|Updated: Jul. 1, 2016 at 10:52 PM HST
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MarkMatsushima (right) with friends (image provided by friends)
MarkMatsushima (right) with friends (image provided by friends)
(image: Facebook/Sefilina Gray)
(image: Facebook/Sefilina Gray)

WAIAHOLE (HawaiiNewsNow) - Speed and alcohol are believed to be factors in a head-on collision in Waiahole early Friday that killed two and left one seriously injured.

A 55-year-old driver and his 33-year-old passenger were killed when the Corvette they were driving in crashed head-on into a pickup truck. The 21-year-old driver of the pickup was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in serious condition.

Police said the driver of the pickup faces two counts of first-degree negligent homicide.

The crash happened just after midnight Friday on Kamehameha Highway in Waiahole.

Loved ones identified the driver of the Corvette as Mark Matsushima.

He was taken in extremely critical condition to Castle Medical Center, where he later died.

His passenger, Sefilina Gray, died at the scene.

Matsushima's close friend Elvis Matagi had seen him shortly before the crash. "I waved at him when he left my house," he said.

Matagi never thought that would be the last time he saw his friend alive.

"I was right behind him," Matagi said. "He had left my house and I went to shower and change clothes and I shot out right after he had left. We were gonna come here and play ping pong. And that's when I drove up on the scene."

A witness told police the driver of the pickup had been passing another vehicle near a bend just before the crash.

"Right now, speed and alcohol are possible factors," police Lt. Bobby Towne said. "Just based on the evidence of the roadway in the collision, we're looking at speed. And some people did detect an odor of alcohol coming from the driver of the pickup truck."

Matagi said if he had another chance to say goodbye to his friend -- who went by "Doc" -- he'd tell him that he'd never be forgotten.

"You will always be in my heart. I'll never forget you, Doc. Rest in peace, buddy."

Both directions of Kamehameha Highway were closed for the investigation.

The two deaths bring the total number of traffic fatalities on Oahu so far this year to 24, compared to 27 at this time last year.

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