Police: Medical condition may have led to deadly Farrington Hwy. crash

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Honolulu police say a driver suffering from a medical condition may have caused a deadly crash on Farrington Highway Wednesday afternoon.

The crash occurred at around 3:20 p.m. as the H-1 Freeway transitions into Farrington Highway between Honokai Hale and Kapolei.

Police say a vehicle was traveling west when it veered left, crossing the center median, and collided head-on with two other vehicles, which were headed east-bound.

The driver of one of the east-bound vehicles was pronounced dead at the scene.

He was identified by the Honolulu medical examiner as Keith Komatsubara, 65, of Pearl City. The Honolulu Fire Department confirms he was a retired firefighter.

The 64-year-old male driver of the west-bound vehicle and the 48-year-old female of the second east-bound vehicle were both hospitalized in serious condition.

Police say speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors, but there is possibility that either medication and/or a medical condition may have contributed to the crash.

This was the 7th fatality of 2017 compared to six at this same date last year. The investigation is ongoing.

Both east-bound lanes and one west-bound lane were initially closed in the area, stretching to Laaloa Street. The west-bound lane reopened at around 5:50 p.m. and all lanes were reopened by 7:30 p.m.

The closure caused major traffic backup in both directions.Click here to view KHON2’s Live Traffic Map.

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