July 19, 2010 – Honolulu, HI – Two separate Hawaii accidents have one common cause: speeding drivers. The damage in these two cases was luckily only to the homes of two Honolulu families, but the car accidents could have easily been fatal to the house residents.
In the early morning hours two quiet Oahu homes each experienced a speeding car crashing through their walls, the incidents taking place only a few hours apart. At 2:45 AM Lopaka Brown, an Ewa Beach homeowner, said he heard a loud bang. That sound was a car striking a nearby lightpole before it came across the median and went airborne – right into the Brown residence’s wall.
Across town, a nearly identical accident took place in Moanalua Valley at the home of Ted Fukushima. When describing the car accident he said, “I heard a big boom and the building shook a little bit, I rushed to the front door and amazingly, it was my house.”
Residents in the Oahu area have reported similar occurrences, speeding vehicles losing control and crashing into homes and buildings. Amazingly, even though the families were inside the homes at the times of these crashes, no one was hurt.
Both Brown and Fukushima have contacted their district representatives to request action be taken, but have yet to receive any response. With the alarming frequency of these types of car accidents given the posted 25 MPH speed limits, residents are getting worried that it may take a fatal accident to draw attention to the matter.
The danger of the impact of crashes such as these isn’t completely with structural damage. The force of a speeding car and the resulting debris can cause serious injury or death to nearby residents. Even if the car avoids striking the occupants, the structural damage to the building can cause further collapse and potential injury.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2008 Crash Statistics, there were 107 fatalities as a result of traffic accidents in Hawaii.
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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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