3 vehicle crashes injure 9 people
The victims include a pedestrian struck by an SUV in a crosswalk
The second hit-and-run case in 10 days added yesterday to the toll of injuries on Oahu's roads.
Nine people were hurt yesterday in three separate accidents.
At about 3 p.m., seven people were injured in a head-on collision involving three vehicles on Kalanianaole Highway in Waimanalo.
One vehicle was traveling east on Kalanianaole between Bell and Nalu streets when it crossed the center line, crashing head-on with a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction, police said. One of the vehicles flipped.
It was unclear how the third vehicle was involved.
A 34-year-old woman and two girls -- ages 8 and 19 months -- were in the vehicle that crossed the center line, officials said.
All three occupants were taken to the Queen's Medical Center in serious but stable condition, said Bryan Cheplic, Honolulu Emergency Services Department spokesman.
Two women and two girls in the other vehicle were taken to Castle Medical Center in stable condition, officials said.
The sole occupant of the third vehicle refused treatment.
In an early morning single-car crash, an 18-year-old man was critically injured after his car veered off Kaneohe Bay Drive and crashed into a brick wall.
Police said the car was traveling south at about 4:20 a.m. when it crashed near Moakaka Place.
Firefighters helped extract the man from the car. He was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition.
Earlier, a 41-year-old Ewa Beach man was seriously injured in the second hit-and-run accident on Oahu in just more than a week.
Shortly after 1 a.m. a light-colored sport utility vehicle struck the man in Waikele as he crossed Lumiaina Street in a crosswalk, police said. The driver, who was possibly speeding, fled the scene in the SUV.
The pedestrian was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in serious condition with head and leg injuries, including a dislocated left knee, police said.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Honolulu Police Department's Traffic Division at 529-3499. The driver faces offenses of failing to render aid, police said.
On July 7, Correena Medeiros, 39, of Waianae died in a hit-and-run crash while bicycling on Farrington Highway in Makaha. The 22-year-old driver of the car was arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide, drunken driving and failing to render aid. He was released pending further investigation.