A roadside memorial continued to grow Sunday as friends and family continued to visit the sight of a fatal crash.
The driver has been identified as Linden Quintal, 18, a 2014 graduate of Damien Memorial School. The cause of death was multiple blunt force injuries from the accident.
Quintal was the only person in the car when he lost control and hit a pole and tree on Farrington Highway in Kapolei Saturday at about 4 a.m.
“He always put a smile on everyone’s face,” said Quintal’s friend Casey “CJ” Mamalias, “never a dull moment with him. Go to the gym with him, after we’d hit basketball courts, play pickup games. he makes everyone have a good time, no matter what was going on.”
Quintal played varsity basketball for three years.
“He always there to motivate his teammates and be there for him, through anything,” said Alvin Stephenson, Damien’s head basketball coach. “I mean, just the whole day has been like a bad dream, and as a coach, this is like one of my biggest nightmares, to wake up to get a phone call that one of my players has passed away.”
Stephenson and his team huddled together to remember Quintal, and on Saturday evening, Damien held a moment of silence at its basketball game against University High School.
“And I always just play for him,” said Ernie Kornya, a Damien senior and varsity basketball player. “You know he was always a mentor to me in life and on the court, so I really miss him. He was just a heart-warming guy. He always had your back. He was a true brother.”
Damien was undefeated until Saturday night, when it lost its first game this season.