Woman dies from injuries after crash on Waialua Beach Road

Sophia Tiare Bartlow (Photo: Betty Depolito)

Friends have identified a woman who died following a single-vehicle crash in Waialua Saturday night.

Sophia Tiare Bartlow, 26, was the passenger as a truck headed eastbound on Waialua Beach Road, just west of Haleiwa Road.

Police say at around 10:15 p.m., the 35-year-old male driver from Waialua lost control, veered into the westbound lane, drove into the front yard of a home, and hit a tree.

Bartlow, an avid stand-up paddler, was thrown from the vehicle. She was taken to an area hospital in critical condition where she died of blunt force injuries to the torso.

The driver was hospitalized in serious condition and later arrested for negligent homicide and driving under the influence. He was later released pending further investigation.

Speed and alcohol were factors in the crash. An investigation is ongoing.

This marks the third traffic fatality on Oahu this year, compared to three the same time last year.

Photo courtesy Joseph Calaustro
Photo courtesy Joseph Calaustro

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