Honolulu police were called to Kunia after the scene of a deadly crash was discovered on Monsanto property just off Kunia Road Tuesday morning.
Officers responded at around 8:43 a.m. The road was closed in both directions near Anonui Street as police investigated.
Dan Clegg, Hawaii business operations lead for Monsanto Hawaii said in a statement: “This morning, one of our employees discovered a car crash on our property at our Upper Kunia Farm. We immediately contacted HPD and are cooperating with them as they continue their investigation.”
Police initially said one body was discovered in the single-vehicle crash. Emergency Medical Services later confirmed two people were pronounced dead at the scene — a 32-year-old man and another unidentified man in his 30s.
Police say the driver lost control for unknown reasons. The vehicle struck an embankment, a guardrail and a tree, then landed at the bottom of a hill.
It’s unknown if alcohol played a factor at this time, but police say speed was.
People say it’s a dangerous road and they want to see more done to keep everyone safe.
“Almost once a year, we get a fatality of some sort on this road so yeah, it’s terribly troubling. This is a problem. This is a serious problem,” said Dean Capelouto, a member of the Kapolei-Makakilo Neighborhood Board. “So I think just over time, this road is going to continue to have more people use it, and maybe they should consider widening it and once they do widen it, maybe put a median strip, a safety strip in between areas they know it’s dangerous.”
While at the scene, KHON2 noticed several roadside memorials, and many vehicles ignoring the 45 mph speed limit.
The crash remains under investigation.