EWA BEACH, Hawaii (KHON2) — One man is dead and another is in critical condition after a head-on collision late Thursday night in Ewa Beach. Police said speed was a factor in the fatal crash.
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The accident happened around 11 p.m. on Sept. 25 on Fort Weaver Road near Laulaunui Street.
According to police, a 21-year-old man was speeding northbound on Fort Weaver Road when he lost control, crossed the grassy median and hit a utility pole. His car flipped several times before landing in the southbound lanes and then hitting a silver Toyota 4Runner driven by a 53-year-old Ewa man.
The 21-year-old driver was pulled from his car as it burst into flames. He later died.
He was later identified as Brenden Palmos of Honolulu by the medical examiner.
The man who drove the 4Runner was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
Council Member Ron Menor said speeding and accidents are a huge problem along Fort Weaver Road and the surrounding area.
“I’m just appalled at the kind of racing and speeding that I see. Not only in Fort Weaver Road but also on adjoining or adjacent roads in the Ewa area,” said Menor. “My office has periodically contacted HPD to step up their patrols and enforcement are speeding laws on Fort River Road. In addition to that, I have also contacted state transportation officials to get them to, or to ask them to, evaluate the conditions on Fort River Road to determine whether certain improvements or remedial measures can be undertaken to make that entire roadway safer.”
According to a Honolulu Police Department spokesperson, more than 200 speeding citations were issued by Kapolei officers since the beginning of September. This includes more than a dozen speeding and excessive speeding citations on Fort Weaver Road.
HPD is advising residents to call 911 to report racing and speeding.
Fort Weaver Road was shut down. It reopened at 3 a.m. on Friday.
This is the 39th traffic fatality of this year compared to 40 at the same time in 2019.
The investigation is ongoing.
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