Honolulu (HawaiiNewsNow) – Two men died from crashes separate in Oahu and Maui Sunday morning.
Honolulu police said the first accident happened around 3:20 p.m. near Kapiolani Park on Kalakaua Ave.
Several sources said the 39-year-old driver was spotted in a Waikiki police substation when police began chasing his red Ford Mustang.
Neighbors said the vehicle continued to accelerate down Kalakaua Avenue before crashing a light pole and hitting a tree.
“The car … doesn̵7;t look like a car anymore. It broke into a billion pieces, ”said Waikiki resident Natalie Burns,“ and its front part was smashed in and its tail was torn to the other end of the park. ”
Kurt Kendro, a retired Honolulu police officer and election chair of Mothers Against Drunk Driving Hawaii, said locals in the area were lucky that the car didn’t hit anyone.
“It takes a lot of speed to get rid of a car like that,” he said.
“It is very sad that one person was killed. But think of the people who walk in the morning, everyone comes home … It might be a much more sad ending. ”
Police said the driver, 39, died at the scene. They said it was not known if alcohol or drugs were a factor.
The accident marks the first of two fatal traffic accidents this morning.
On Maui, a 17-year-old passenger died in an accident on the Kahekili highway around 4am.He was riding a Toyota 4-Runner SUV, which Maui police said was speeding up while traveling northwest in Waiehu.
Aside from the excessive speed, police said alcohol could be a factor.
The passenger – Kahiau Hill of Wailuku – was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center where he died.
The 16-year-old driver was treated at the Maui Memorial with a non-life-threatening injury.
Police said the couple were not wearing seat belts.
“MADD urges everyone to take care of family members and make sure they don’t drink and drive,” Kendro said.
Traffic fatalities were the 37th and 38th in Hawaii this year.
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