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Thursday, November 16, 2000

Two teen-agers
killed in Kipapa
Gulch crash

Speed may have been
a factor in the wreck that
hospitalized four others

By Rod Ohira

Two teen-agers were killed and four people injured in a two-car collision late last night on Kamehameha Highway near Kipapa Gulch.

Art The medical examiner's office identified the boys who were killed as Albert Torres, 17, and Reginald Castillo, 16, of Ewa Beach. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Torres was a senior at Campbell High School, while Castillo, a former Campbell student, was enrolled in a special program school in Ewa.

The 11:40 p.m. collision also left a 5-year-old boy in critical condition and three others -- an Ewa Beach boy, 16; a Kaneohe man, 24, and a Waipahu woman, 22 -- in guarded condition at Queen's Medical Center.

Speed and possibly alcohol appear to have been contributing factors, police investigators said.

Torres, driving a 1996 Acura Integra, was southbound when he lost control of the vehicle, police said.

The Integra crossed the center line and was broadsided by an oncoming 1999 Hyundai Elantra, driven by the Kaneohe man.

The accident was the second fatal crash in the area this year and the fifth since December 1995.

The other fatal accidents:

Bullet June 21: Lloyd Nerida , 21, of Mililani died when his car strayed into oncoming traffic and crashed into a van.

Bullet March 1999: Iwalani Ignacio, 23, of Ewa Beach died after being involved in a three-car accident.

Bullet December 1997: Kekaulike Ishikawa, 17, of Mililani died when his car drifted into the path of an oncoming city bus.

Bullet December 1995: Rachelle Miyashiro, 23, of Kaimuki died when her car crossed the center lane and crashed into another car.

Yesterday's two deaths raised Oahu's traffic fatality count for the year to 57 as compared to 40 on the same date in 1999.

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