Investigators are trying to piece together Friday morning's accident that's left one person dead and four teenagers in serious condition. It happened in Makaha off Farrington Highway near the Makua Cave.
A parent of a teenage girl injured in the crash told KITV4 her daughter went to the 16th birthday party for friend Jamaica Ibalio at a house in Waianae. The daughter said alcohol was being served there. She told her mother the party got too crowded so some planned to meet at Yokohama Bay.
The mother said three vehicles packed with teenagers headed out to the bay, and that's when the pickup truck with her daughter crashed and shortly after burst into flames. Most of the passengers fled the scene as police arrived.
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.
"We talked to some of the passengers that we located later. the driver who may have been drinking was driving erratically, lost control and hit some rocks,"
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.
Kamealohanakekaiau Wilbur-Delima was the driver of the pickup truck who turned himself in to police after fleeing the scene. The 18-year-old was arrested for negligent homicide, accidental death, and four contempt charges. Parents are still left wondering why alcohol was available for the teenagers at the party. The investigation is on going. Wilbur-Delima's court date is set for Monday for his contempt charges.
The tragic crash is also igniting debate over whether laws should allow people and juveniles to ride in the back of pickup trucks. 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.