Honolulu police are investigating a deadly head-on crash that occurred on Kunia Road Friday.
It happened shortly after 10:45 a.m. near Anonui Street.
Honolulu police said a black BMW was driving southbound when it veered across the center line, overtaking other vehicles and collided into an oncoming truck.
“I don’t know the reasons why he was overtaking, if he was in a rush or distracted or sleeping, but he apparently on several occasions drove left of center and eventually collided with a truck that was Wahiawa-bound,” said Maj. Darren Izumo of the department’s traffic division. “It was almost a head-on collision.”
The driver of the BMW was pronounced dead at the scene. “If he is the owner of the vehicle, he appears to be a military male in his early 20s,” Izumo said. “I was told he was wearing an Army uniform.”
The driver of the Allied Machinery truck, a 50-year-old man, was hospitalized in serious condition.
A portion of Kunia Road between Anonui Street and Kupuna Loop was shut down until about 1:45 p.m. so police could investigate and clear the scene.
“At this time, we’re only looking at his driving behavior as the cause of the collision,” Izumo said. “A lot of (the damage) is due of course to the speed involved and also to the disparate weights of the vehicles… The physics involved as he struck that vehicle, it’s basically like you hitting a wall or something that doesn’t give, and that’s what caused injuries to him.”
This was the 15th traffic fatality on Oahu in 2016, compared to 18 at this same time last year.