The day before Thanksgiving is known as “Black Wednesday” because it’s one of the most dangerous days on the roads.
It was a deadly, dangerous day with a number of car crashes across the state.
On Oahu on the H1 freeway West at the Kunia off-ramp, the Honolulu Police Department confirmed a solo was seriously injured during a traffic stop. He was hit by a car, and suffered leg and hip injuries. The accident resulted in traffic back-up for hours.
In Wahiawa in the Whitmore Village area, a multi-vehicle crash that turned into an attempted murder case. The intersection of Whitmore Avenue and Uakaniko’o Street was shut down for hours as police investigated, leaving cars at a complete standstill.
“I was in the room at the time and I heard a loud crash and at the time. It’s really hard to describe cause it sounded like any other car accident. Just a car running into another car, then I heard people running to it on their phones telling each other to call police and ambulance,” explained witness Romel Fajota.
Police sources say a white Mercedes car rear-ended a black Toyota truck. The impact forced the truck to cross the center line, hitting a Toyota SUV heading the opposite direction.
Emergency responders took two women to the hospital: one in her 30s in critical condition with head and neck injuries, and a 29 year old woman in serious condition with head injuries.
Police say the third driver fled the scene. Investigators believe this was an act of attempted murder.
“I hope they’re ok. It’s Thanksgiving tomorrow. Hopefully they’ll be fine and able to enjoy the day with their families, relatives, friends,” said Fajota.
On the Big Island, a crash on Saddle Road left a woman dead. The Hawaii Island Police Department says a van crossed the center line and side-swiped a fuel tanker heading in the opposite direction.
There were 9 people in the van. Three were hospitalized, and one died. Police believe speed was a factor in the crash.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving, also known as MADD Hawaii, is urging drivers to stay vigilant, because of the increase in car crashes from holiday parties to school breaks. The 2016 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) reported drugs were present in 43 percent of Hawaii’s fatally-injured drivers, which are often teens and young adults.