One person is dead and four minors left in serious condition following a crash that happened off of Farrington Highway
Updated On: Jun 17 2013 10:45:18 AM HST
One person is dead and four minors are left in serious condition following a crash that happened off of Farrington Highway in Makaha. Witnesses say a pickup truck was carrying a dozen people, many of them teenagers, when it crashed off the highway near Makua Cave. Police say the driver who originally fled the scene turned himself in early afternoon on Saturday.
Investigators say it was just after midnight when witnesses saw a pickup truck driving erratically northbound on Farrington Highway before it crashed. They say almost everyone in the truck was running away as they arrived on the scene. Police say the truck went off the highway, struck a concrete piling being used as a curb and shortly after burst into flames.
"Upon the fire crews extinguishing the flames of the vehicle, a body was discovered next to the vehicle," said Lt. Bobby Towne with the HPD Traffic Division.
That person is dead with many others injured. Teenage girls ages 13, 14, and 15, and a 16-year-old teenage boy were taken to the trauma center in serious condition. Right now, if there are no available seats in the cab, and the side racks and tailgate are securely closed, it's legal to ride in the back of a pickup truck.
"In our inability to pass legislation to ban or put more restrictions on riding in the back of the pickup truck, every day we put many of our citizens at risk and this is a clear example where individuals were injured and possibly killed from riding in the back of a pickup truck," said Sen. Will Espero.
Espero's bill is still waiting hearing. Investigators say speed was a factor in the crash. The investigation is still ongoing. The driver was arrested for negligent homicide and accidental deaths.
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