Teen driver arrested after Puhi crashes

Published On: Sep 14 2013 01:01:34 PM HST
PUHI, Hawaii -

Authorities arrested a teen driver who they said caused two traffic accidents in Puhi on Friday.

Kauai police said the first accident happened at 2:35 p.m. while the 17-year-old driver was driving a Jeep west on Kaumualii Highway near Kukui Grove Center. Officers said the teen rear-ended a Chevrolet sedan driven by a 48-year-old man from Colorado.

The teen drove away from the scene and was about to turn left onto the Anonue Road junction past Kauai Community College when police said he crashed onto a Nissan MPV that was heading east in the outermost lane of Kaumualii Highway.

Police said the driver of the Nissan, a 32-year-old Kapa'a woman, had to be extricated from her vehicle by Kauai Fire Department personnel. The woman, who sustained non-life-threatening injuries to her neck, arms and legs, was taken to Wilcox Hospital.

The teen driver and the Colorado man were not injured, police said.

Officers said the teen was charged with second-degree negligent injury, accidents involving bodily injury, leaving the scene of an accident with damages and no insurance. He was released to his guardian.

The two crashes caused traffic congestion in the area for about an hour, police said.


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