The driver in a deadly crash on the Likelike Highway may have dozed off behind the wheel, according to Honolulu police.
The Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man as 43-year-old Jason Levy of Honolulu.
Police say Levy was killed when his SUV crashed on the Honolulu side of the tunnel near Kalihi Elementary School at about 3 a.m. Thursday.
“What we have learned is a male driver and that his wife was in the back asleep at the time. Coming down the highway, the vehicle started to climb the embankment and then flipped over,” HPD Lt. Robert Towne said.
Levy was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife was taken to the hospital in stable condition.
Levy’s family says he would have celebrated his 44th birthday on Friday.
“He chose a pretty rocky path after he grew up and left high school, left home. It’s unfortunate. It happens. But I knew he was still him,” Levy’s sister Jennifer Gerrior said.
Investigators say neither was wearing a seat belt.
Police closed the Honolulu-bound lanes of the highway for about three hours.
It is unclear if speed or alcohol were factors in the crash.