One dead in fiery crash in Central Oahu

Photo: Amanda Tompkins

A person is dead after a fiery, single car crash in Central Oahu on Monday night.

It happened just before 6:30 p.m. on Kamehameha Highway, between Wahiawa and Haleiwa.

Kamehameha Highway was closed in both directions for several hours.

Home video shows the vehicle on fire in the Dole pineapple field.  The compact SUV was heading south on Kamehameha Highway just before Dole Pavilion when it crashed.

“A Nissan Rogue was traveling at a high rate of speed when it apparently lost control and struck a metal electric pole,” HPD Lt. Robert Towne said.

Police say two passersby tried to help get the person out of the vehicle, but then it suddenly burst into flames.

“The single occupant was burnt in the fire and expired at the scene,” Towne said.  “Strictly looking at speed. Alcohol will be unknown but speed is a factor.”

Police say the car involved in the crash has been on their radar.  They’ve seen that particular vehicle speeding around the North Shore over the past several days but they weren’t able to catch up with it.  The registered owner has a P.O. Box address.

Police still don’t know for sure if it was a man or a woman who died in the crash.  They’re going to depend on the Medical Examiner for the driver’s identity.

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