Kalihi man dies in rollover crash a day before his 44th birthday

Published On: Aug 22 2013 04:46:00 PM HST

A deadly crash on the Likelike Hwy. left one man dead on the eve of his birthday and his wife still recovering in serious condition.

HONOLULU -

A Kalihi father is mourning after a deadly crash on Likelike Highway claimed the life of his son.

43-year-old Jason Levy was pronounced dead at the scene after he flipped his white Saturn SUV in the town-bound lane of the highway around 2:25 a.m. Thursday.

He and his wife Candi were returning from a fishing trip in Hauula, when Jason reportedly fell asleep at the wheel and veered off the road, flipping the vehicle.

Candi was in the back of the SUV, sleeping, and is recovering at Queen's Medical Center after being initially transported in serious condition. She was quickly upgraded to stable condition later Thursday morning.

Jason was not so lucky. He was reportedly not wearing his seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle.

All of this one day before he was set to celebrate his 44th birthday.

Jason's father James Levy says he was looking forward to that celebration, but hours after hearing of his son's death, he remains in complete shock.

"I feel very weak right now, but I still have to go to the coroner's office," said James Levy.

Jason and Candi were about a mile from James' Kalihi home, returning from what James says was one of his son's favorite pastimes.

"He was on his own most of the time. He liked fishing, liked outdoors sports and stuff," James said. "He was a nice, nice person."

Police do not believe speed is a factor in the crash.  They are still investigating if alcohol was.

James thinks it was all a result of the long, early morning drive.

"I don't think they were drinking or anything," he said. "Basically just tired from the long drive from Hauula."

Jason grew up in Kaneohe.

He leaves behind a son, and three step children.

He represents the 42nd traffic fatality on Oahu this year compared with 43 this time last year.

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