Crash on Farrington Highway claims lives of 3 people

Published On: Dec 29 2013 07:16:00 PM HST

A horrific crash on Farrington Highway Saturday night claimed the life of three people.

The driver who survived the crash was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Family members say the driver's girlfriend, their 1-year-old daughter, and the driver's brother were tragically killed in the crash.

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"I'm hurting inside to know that someone doing something so stupid, so silly by drinking and driving took the life of my one-year-old niece and baby sister," said Lokahi Cuban.

The crash happened at 8:30 p.m. Saturday night. 

"The silver Honda that you see behind me, split in half, was traveling east bound at a high rate of speed when it lost control, crossed over and collided head on into the red Nissan truck you see behind me," said Lt. Bobby Towne at the scene of the accident.

Family members say Talofa Mene, 18, was in the Honda. She just graduated from Roosevelt High School. Her family identified the driver as Faaolataga Kitiona, 20.

Also in the car the young couples daughter, Kawehikula Ribeiro-Kitiona, 1, and another male believed to be the drivers brother.  

They were headed back home to Pauoa. 

"This baby was loved and she loved everybody and we love the parents too," said Chris Kalei, Mene's uncle.

A makeshift memorial is already building at the site of the crash in Nanakuli. What's left at the scene is a muffler smashed into a cable and car parts scattered.

Police say speed was a factor in the crash and alcohol was a possible factor. 

"If we are not able to take the wheel and be responsible for our family, for our children we should hand the keys to someone else," said Moki Nahoi, Mene's second cousin. 

Police say the driver of the Nissan truck suffered a broken leg. The other three passengers in the truck were treated and released in good condition.


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