The Hauula community is still shaken after a vehicle crashed into a bus stop killing a man and sending a woman to the hospital.
Police have arrested two people after the fatal crash.
At around 2:00 p.m. police say a 61-year-old man and a 55-year-old woman from Oregon were sitting at the bus stop near Hauula Kai Shopping Center when a blue SUV crashed into a water device and them.
24 hours later, the site hasn’t changed much. Pieces of the broken bench remain, a horrifying site for neighbors.
“I’m just thinking the tourist that just came to have this happen, it is so sad,” neighbor Philip Corpuz said.
Police say the man was taken in critical condition to the hospital, where he later died.
The woman was last listed in serious condition.
Corpuz, who lives across the street, tells us he heard a loud sound at the time of the crash.
“I thought it was a truck first with a big load that just hit something and I looked through the fence and I saw the SUV,” Corpus recalls.
A 34-year-old man told authorities he was driving the vehicle involved in the crash, but witnesses contradicted that. The man was arrested for hindering prosecution with bail set at $2,000.
36-year-old Vika Unga was described by witnesses as the driver. Unga turned herself in to police, and she was arrested for accidental death and negligent homicide. Police say she was miles away from the crash site.
On Monday, Unga was charged with two counts of failure to render aid with bail set at $11,000.
According to court records, Unga was found guilty of DUI and driving without a license in prior incidents.
“This is a great example of when the public and the police work together and we were able to hopefully have closure to this case,” Lt. Andre Peters said on Saturday.
A bus rider tells us it’s dangerous to be on the highway catching the bus. But after this latest crash, Arlene Risberg said, “It makes you very leary about catching the bus. I might [start] catching the HandiVan instead because they will drop me off door-to-door.”
Corpuz tells us he is concerned because there is a lot of foot traffic here, and many people catch the bus and shop in the area.
“I would say this really needs to have some kind of traffic control that’s overdue ’cause [I’ve] lived here enough, for seven years here, and people have been moving so much, so much traffic,” Corpuz said.
Still, some have a hard time comprehending the tragedy.
“You think about holiday time when something tragic happens. It changes your life forever around that holiday and that’s sad that family moving forward in life is going to have to deal with that,” Hauula resident Christie Underwood said.
Police say speed, drugs, and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the crash.
They’re still looking into what exactly happened.
This is the 47th traffic fatality on Oahu so far this year. There were 54 at this time last year.