3 killed in single-car crash in Kapolei

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Three people were killed in a single-vehicle crash in Kapolei late Monday night.

The incident happened along Farrington Highway near Noulu Street at about 11:30 p.m.

A vehicle was speeding town-bound on the highway where it intersects with Papaialulu Avenue. The male driver apparently lost control of the vehicle, and the vehicle went off the road and slammed into a tree.

He and two male passengers were pronounced dead at the scene.

The Honolulu medical examiner has identified the victims as Norihito Shigeta, 20, Takumi Yamamoto, 19, and Yohei Tanaka, 19.

Yoshi Tsurumi, Hawaii Tokai International College executive director, released the following statement following the crash:

“Hawaii Tokai International College (HTIC) regretfully confirms that two of the victims of last night’s fatal single-car crash in Kapolei were students at HTIC. The students are from Japan and their families have been notified. We are still awaiting official confirmation of the identity of the third victim. We respectfully request privacy and the understanding of the media as our community supports and provides outreach to our students. Our thoughts are with the students and their families during this difficult time.”

The school later confirmed all three were students. A memorial ceremony will be held Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m. for the campus community.

We found the vehicle, a Nissan convertible, at a tow yard in Kapolei. The bottom half was stacked on top of the front end. The air bags deployed and glass shattered. The car seats two, though there were three in the vehicle at the time of the crash.

Police closed all lanes of the highway while they investigated the scene. The entire road reopened just before 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Police sources tell us the car was speeding, and the people inside were ejected from the Nissan and the driver was pinned under it. We asked HPD for more information, but they only could say the car was not stolen. It’s unknown if alcohol or drugs were also factors in the crash.

The speed limit on that stretch of Farrington Highway is 35 mph, but neighbors say people often drive way too fast in the area.

Brent Labrador and his nephew live near the crash site.

“There’s keiki. Cars are like weapons on the road, you know what I mean? When you’re speeding, it becomes a weapon,” Labrador said. “It’s a thing that could be stopped simply, just by making educated decisions and being aware of the things around you.”

This makes the 47th, 48th and 49th traffic fatalities so far this year, compared to 44 at the same time last year.

According to the state Department of Transportation, this is the only deadly crash in the area so far this year.

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