Friday, April 13, 2001

Wilikina Drive leading to Kaukonahua Road was closed
after the accident. Traffic was diverted to Kamehameha

3 isle teens die in crash

Central Oahu roads have
seen 8 deaths this year

By Nelson Daranciang

Three Mililani teenagers died in a two-car crash on a dangerous stretch of road between Waialua and Wahiawa that has seen five other fatalities just this year .

The teenagers were passengers in a car traveling northwest on Kaukonahua Road about 11:30 p.m. that crossed the center line and collided with a car traveling in the opposite direction about one a half miles south of Thomson Corner, police said.

Andrew Delos Reyes, 17, and Anthony Alexander, 17, died at the scene. Jeremy Tolentino, 18, died on the way to Wahiawa General Hospital.

The driver, another 18-year-old Mililani teenager, is in fair condition at Queen's Medical Center.

The occupants of the other car, a Mililani man, 42, his wife, 40, and the couple's daughter, 11, are also at Queen's in fair condition.

The three deaths last night were the sixth, seventh and eighth traffic fatalities on Kaukonahua Road or Wilikina Drive since the beginning of the year.

On Monday, a Waialua man died after losing control of his pickup truck exiting Weed Junction and was crushed after he was ejected from the vehicle.

Last Friday, a 68-year-old Ewa Beach man died in a head-on collision after his vehicle crossed the center line on Wilikina Drive between Kaukonahua Road and Kamananui Road.

A 24-year-old Schofield Barracks soldier died March 30 after his vehicle slammed into a utility pole in the same spot as this morning's accident.

On March 17, A 28-year-old man died after his car slammed into a utility pole on Kaukonahua Road a mile south of Thomson Corner.

A 21-year-old Haleiwa man died February 21 after his sport utility vehicle slammed into a tree along Kaukonahua Road.

Since 1999, 13 people have died on Kaukonahua Road and there were five fatalities on Wilikina Drive.

Over the last five years, the city has added guardrails and no -passing signs in an attempt to make Kaukonahua Road safer, said Councilwoman Rene Mansho.

Mansho said it may be time to look again at turning Kaukonahua Road one-way south-bound and Kamehameha Highway one-way northbound, even if its just for the overnight hours.

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