Slain Hawaii Marine honored in Indiana
DUBOIS, Ind. » Hundreds stood along the country roads of southern Indiana to pay respects Saturday to a Hawaii-based Marine killed in Iraq.
People, many waving American flags, gathered on front lawns to watch as the funeral procession for Cpl. Eric Lueken rolled by along the 16-mile route following a service in Jasper.
Firetrucks suspended a gigantic flag overhead just south of the Patoka River bridge, and veterans dressed in uniform saluted as the procession passed American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts in Jasper. More than 800 people attended the funeral Mass at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Dubois.
Lueken, 23, died after he was wounded by an improvised device while in a convoy in Anbar province on April 22, military officials said. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, based at Kaneohe Bay.
UH hyperbaric facility receives accreditation
Hawaii's Hyperbaric Treatment Center, which averages 50 to 60 treatments for dive accidents annually, has received national accreditation by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Facility.
The center, established in 1983, is operated at Kuakini Medical Center by the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine.
It is the nation's second most active treatment facility for dive accidents, treating more than 1,300 divers for decompression illness since it began, according to the medical school.
It has achieved complete functional recovery in 93 percent of the cases, a 20 percent better outcome than the national average, the school said.
One of only 60 accredited facilities in the United States and the only one in Hawaii, the center also conducts clinical research and teaching for medical residents and students.
It also treats patients with medical conditions helped by hyperbaric oxygen therapy, such as tissue damage from irradiation treatment, nonhealing wounds and carbon monoxide intoxication.
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Motorcycle fatality ID'd as Kaneohe woman, 21
The Honolulu Medical Examiner identified a 21-year-old woman who died Saturday in a Waimanalo motorcycle crash as Shery Lyn Villalon of Kaneohe.
The accident happened at about 3:30 p.m., when the motorcycle was headed toward Waimanalo on Kalanianaole Highway.
Police said the motorcycle slammed into an oncoming minivan that was trying to make a left turn.
The driver of the motorcycle, a 20-year-old man, was critically injured. Villalon was his passenger.
They were not wearing helmets, and were thrown onto the hood of the minivan, police said.
Police cite speeding in mo-ped collision
Police said a 21-year-old Ewa Beach man was speeding on his mo-ped and driving recklessly just before hitting a 2003 Chevrolet Suburban on Saturday afternoon.
The accident happened at about 3:15 p.m., and the 21-year-old sustained multiple head and internal injuries.
He was taken to the Queen's Medical Center, police said.
Traffic police investigators said the crash happened when the mo-ped driver was headed north on Kaimalie Street in Kapolei and hit the Suburban, which was turning left.
The driver of the Chevrolet, a 33-year-old woman from Ewa Beach, was not injured, police said.
Copter saves 3 men after boat capsizes
Big Island firefighters rescued three men yesterday morning after their 17-foot boat capsized about 100 yards off Makuu Beach on the Puna coastline.
The men refused medical treatment.
Their fiberglass boat was lost and is estimated at $7,000, Hawaii County Fire Department said.
Firefighters said they got a distress call at about 10 a.m. and were able to get a helicopter to the scene by 12:30 p.m.
The men were airlifted to shore.