Monday, October 28, 2002

Wahiawa man is
latest crash fatality

By Genevieve A. Suzuki

Jonathan Quindica Jr. died early yesterday following an accident on the H-2 freeway, barely eight days after his 22nd birthday.

"I know people say there are reasons that things like this happen, but I can't think of them. What is the reason? I cannot come up with an answer," Jonathan's father, Jonathan Quindica Sr., said last night.

The younger Quindica, of Wahiawa, known to family and friends as "J.B." was the only child of Jonathan Quindica Sr. and his wife, Yvonne.

"We're going to miss him a lot," his father said "I miss him already."

Jonathan Quindica Jr. was one of six people killed in traffic accidents around the state since Thursday.

Three people died on the Big Island. Diego Pua Jr., 22, died early yesterday in an accident along the Hawaii Belt Road north of Hilo. Two women from Hungary died following a crash on Mac Nut Road in Panaewa just before 3 p.m. Saturday.

On Molokai, 17-year-old Kehau Low of Kualapuu, died after she lost control of her car just after 4 a.m. Saturday, according to police. And on Maui, 16-year-old Marie Larrobis died after a truck collided with her family's van late Thursday.

Larrobis was the youngest of 12 children in a family that moved to Maui from Cebu, Philippines, four years ago.

She was a devout Catholic who began reciting the rosary at age 2, according to her older sister Marina Amby, 33. When Larrobis was younger she invited friends over and, "before they played, they prayed," Amby said.

Her brother Ronnie was driving the van when it was struck by an oncoming truck on Honoapiilani Highway near McGregor Point, police said.

Ronnie was in stable condition at Maui Memorial Hospital, Amby said, while another brother, 18-year-old Erwin, who was also in the van, wasn't injured.

Honolulu police said Quindica was heading Wahiawa-bound about 4 a.m. when the white 1989 Jeep Cherokee he was driving hit a light pole and overturned. He was pronounced dead at Wahiawa General Hospital at 5:20 a.m.

Pua, of Papaikou, died after the 1991 Acura Integra he was driving went off Highway 19 at the Honolii Bridge and struck a guardrail about 4:28 a.m., Big Island police said.

He was taken to Hilo Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 7:03 a.m. Police said the three other occupants from Papaikou and Pepeekeo, ages 18 to 24, were also taken to Hilo Medical Center and listed in stable condition.

Alcohol and speed were determined to be factors in the car accident, said police, adding the speedometer was locked at 75 mph.

Star-Bulletin reporter Rosemarie Bernardo also contributed to this report.

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