Family Grieving Death Of Waianae Pedestrian
Updated On: Aug 30 2011 07:38:05 AM HST
The images of Sunday night's collision are cemented in Alvin Pontes' memory. Pontes was home when he heard sounds of crunching metal and breaking glass.
?I seen it and I can?t sleep and I can?t stop thinking about it,? said Pontes.
Kaliko Keawe said what he saw while sitting at a bus stop is something no one should ever witness. Keawe said the scene replays over and over in his mind.
?I just looked up the road seen a car speeding and then looked the other way and seen a guy walking. He was just minding his own business," said Keawe.
Keawe said the driver must have hit speeds of more than 80 miles per hour, swerved past on Farrington Highway. Justin Willingham was walking along the highway's shoulder.
?I see him walk everyday; it looks like he's coming out of the Makaha beach cabanas,? said Waianae resident Chub Bailey.
Police said the 20-year-old driver, was drunk and speeding, when he drove his 1998 Infiniti directly into Willingham. The impact sent Willingham into the car's windshield. Residents said blind curves make this a dangerous road. Add speed and Sunday night's tragic death is the senseless result.
?When cars are going fast, there isn't enough time to slow down,? said Waianae resident Jackson Kyne.
Willingham's grandmother says her 22-year-old grandson loved the peacefulness of living near the beach.
?Justin was very special. He was very intelligent. His loving heart, he tried to love everybody,? said Malvinia Hendrix from her home in Michigan.
Hendrix said she also has compassion for the driver?s family.
"I feel sorry for the guy that hit my grandson. I feel sorry for his family," said Hendrix.
The suspect is 20-year-old Valentine Keola Mahuiki of Maili. Mahuiki was arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide, driving under the influence of an intoxicant, leaving the scene and driving without a license.