Teen flies SUV off wall onto H-1
Police say the boy was driving fast on a wet road; three are injured
In a bizarre accident, a sport utility vehicle flew off the School Street offramp early yesterday, crash-landing on the H-1 freeway in the path of a second SUV.
The 2:35 a.m. collision left three people injured, including the first SUV's driver, a 17-year-old boy, who was in critical condition.
"It's not a usual type accident," said police Sgt. John Agno. "Kind of unusual."
Police said the Honolulu teenager was driving a 1993 Ford Explorer at a high rate of speed in the Ewa direction on the offramp. He lost control on the wet roadway and broke through a chain-link fence above the freeway, police said. The SUV dropped about 20 feet into the right Ewa-bound lane of H-1.
A 28-year-old Honolulu woman, who was driving a blue 2004 Lincoln Aviator, hit the Explorer as it landed, causing it to flip onto its roof, police said.
The teenage driver was pinned in the SUV and sustained serious internal injuries. He was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition.
His passenger, a 17-year-old boy from Pearl City, had minor injuries but refused treatment at the scene, according to police.
The woman was listed in good condition at Kuakini Medical Center with chest and leg injuries.
The drivers were wearing seat belts, and air bags deployed in both vehicles, police said.