The family of a man who died in a violent crash on Monsarrat Avenue has identified him as 35-year-old Jared Rader.
Honolulu police say Rader was speeding and going the wrong way on Monsarrat near the Waikiki Shell when he crashed at about 8:00 p.m. Friday night.
According to Emergency Medical Services, witnesses saw a vehicle driving the wrong way on Monsarrat Avenue at a high rate of speed.
Authorities say Rader’s car hit a curb, a utility pole, then two trees.
Michelle Auyong had just arrived at a nearby bus stop when she saw the Toyota Corolla speeding past.
“The car hit the curb and then all you hear was a boom, and a lot of dust, and then boom, boom, boom, boom, and then where the car is now, that’s where it came to rest,” she said.
The impact split the car in two.
“When I got to the scene, I thought it was two cars. They go no, no, no, the car split in half,” Auyong said.
Radar was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was in the car.
Police say the crash took out the pole, which then hit a parked bus.
Auyong says the vehicle narrowly missed the bus driver, as well as a couple with a baby stroller.
No bystanders were hurt.
“I’m just lucky that I didn’t leave work just a little bit later. If I did, I would’ve been right in his path, because literally a minute or two after I got to the bus stop, he came flying down,” Auyong said.
It’s unclear if alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash.
Rader is Oahu’s 35th traffic fatality this year.