A 52-year-old man was killed in a crash Wednesday morning in Windward Oahu.
It happened at around 5:20 a.m. on Kamehameha Highway near Kahana Bay.
Witnesses told police a Mustang was driving north-bound when it crossed the center line and slammed head-on into a white pickup truck.
Lt. Bobby Towne, HPD’s traffic division, said the truck “tried to avoid the vehicle and then at the last minute, the Mustang cut back into its lane and they had a head-on collision.”
The Mustang’s driver was pronounced dead at the scene. He was identified as Kaaawa resident Stanley Santos.
The truck’s driver and passenger, two men in their 50s, were hospitalized in serious condition.
Police believe speed may have been a factor in the crash.
The highway was shut down for about four and a half hours while police investigated and cleared the scene.
This is the 50th traffic fatality on Oahu this year compared to 43 at the same time last year.
Residents tell us you have to be on your toes when driving through the area.
“Speeding is an issue wherever you go,” said Hauula resident Tony Wood. “I think what plays into over here though is there are only two lanes, and it goes for a long, long stretch. There are very limited places you can pass. Then you couple that with people who have to get to work, get to school, take care of errands, whatever. Then there are people who are doing 10 miles per hour. They are distracted by the palm trees, by the beaches, by the scenery.”
We also spoke with police about the rise in traffic deaths on Oahu. So far this year, more people have been killed on our roads than in all of 2015, which saw 48 fatalities.
Police tell us they see an increase in aggressive driving and accidents during the holidays and urge drivers to not be in such a rush.
“Don’t speed. Be attentive of where you’re going,” said Sgt. Michael Campbell Jr. with the Honolulu Police Department. “Plan ahead, wear your seat belts, put down the cell phones.”
HPD says while it does its best to cut down on speeding, it’s an issue for the entire community.
“For folks that are behind the wheel, we need you to think about what you’re doing,” Campbell said. “Slow down. It really isn’t worth getting to where you’ve got to go a minute or two early.”
Total traffic fatalities on Oahu, according to the Honolulu Police Department:
- 2015: 48
- 2014: 55
- 2013: 57
- 2012: 57
- 2011: 52
- 2010: 63
- 2009: 55