It’s been an emotional 24 hours for the families of the two people who died in a crash in Kunia Saturday afternoon.
Family members identify one of them, the driver, as Jose Molina, 32, of Pearl City.
The circumstances surrounding Molina’s death has been a hard pill to swallow for the family who says even though he was speeding, he is so much more than this tragic accident.
Molina is remembered as a man who’d go the extra mile for his loved ones.
Nothing prepares you for the sudden loss of a loved one. “I call him everyday to ask, son, where you at, Mom loves you, be safe okay? I just talked to him yesterday at 4:55 (p.m.),” said Molina’s mother Peggy Dennis.
Police say the crash that happened at Kunia Road and Anonui Street near the Hawaii Country Club was reported at 5:30 p.m., about a half-hour after Molina and his mother spoke. Molina was speeding south on the two-lane Kunia Road and tried to pass several cars.
Honolulu police said that Molina and his two passengers were in the Nissan sedan that went out of control, struck a guard rail, and flipped over several times.
A group of Good Samaritans rushed to their aid, but it was too late for Molina and a female passenger, who both died at the scene.
Another male passenger was taken to the hospital in serious condition.
In the meantime, a memorial is growing at the site of the crash.
On Sunday, Molina’s family gathered to mourn the loss of what they call a “reliable” man.
“I close my eyes and I hear him,” said his sister Tiffany Alvarado. “I hear his car pulling up to my house.”
“I feel brokenhearted,” said grandfather Ramon Molina Sr. “First grandchild… whatever you need, you just call him. He’s always there for you.”
“He’s stubborn, sometime no listen,” Molina’s father Joseph Newman said, “but when somebody needed him, he was there. When his nieces and nephews needed him, he was always there.”
Nephew Tre Newman said, “I just broke down and couldn’t believe it happened. It came two days after his birthday.”
“He will be in my heart and prayers. I’ll meet up with him one day,” said Dennis.
The sedan’s passengers have yet to be identified.
The deadly crash marks the 36th and 37th traffic fatalities on Oahu this year, compared to 32 the same time last year.