February 11, 2011 – Honolulu, HI – A group of friends mourns the loss of one of their own after a fatal crash late in the evening on February 3.
The story reported by Hawaii News Now involved a Toyota minivan driven by a 19-year-old traveling eastbound on the H-1 freeway in Aiea. As the vehicle went over the embankment, it flipped several times and landed on its side under the Kaonohi Overpass. The van held 7 young men, ages 18 to 20 and police believe none were wearing seatbelts.
Investigations have led police to determine alcohol and excessive speeds were to blame for the fatal crash. The parents of the 20-year-old victim say he was partying with his friends that night when they left to travel to Waikiki. The victim was taken to Queens Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead. The other 5 victims involved were also hospitalized but released later with minor injuries. The van’s 20-year-old driver now faces charges of negligent homicide.
Drivers have a responsibility to their passengers to drive in a safe and defensive manner. Distracted and impaired drivers not only pose hazards to other drivers and pedestrians but also to their own vehicle occupants. If you were injured or lost a loved one who was a passenger in someone’s vehicle, you may be able to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim against the driver.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2009 Crash Statistics, there were 109 fatalities as a result of traffic accidents in Hawaii.
As a service to the residents of the Big Island and surrounding cities, our firm will frequently publish blogs about local traffic accidents. We do this to raise awareness about the common types of motor vehicle accidents that occur in Hawaii that may result in serious injury or traffic fatalities.
Common accidents include, but are not limited to:
- single-vehicle accidents;
- accidents caused by hazardous road conditions; and
- accidents caused by aggressive driving or distracted drivers.
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