Family and loved ones are mourning the loss of three friends who died in a fiery crash in Ewa Thursday night.
It happened at around 8 p.m. on Farrington Highway next to Kahi Mohala Behavioral Health Center.
Lt. Andre Peters with HPD’s Traffic Division said the 2010 Scion was speeding when it “flipped and collided with concrete pillar. All occupants were trapped in vehicle when it sparked, when it caught fire.”
Crews extinguished the fire and found three victims, the driver, front seat passenger and backseat passenger, who were pronounced dead at the scene.
Family members identified them as Ryan Tuazon, 27, Josh DeGuzman, 27, and DeGuzman’s girlfriend, Kassandra Kim. The couple leaves behind a 9-month-old child.
Tuazon’s parents first learned the horrible news after receiving a visit from police officers shortly after the crash.
When Angela Tuazon saw two police officers on her doorstep, her heart sank.
“I let them in. Officer, one lady, one man. I tell them, ‘Look at me in the eye. Tell me if my son is still alive. You’re not here for no reason,'” she said.
The family also received a call from the medical examiner, who asked for Tuazon’s dental records, because his body was badly burned in the crash.
Reality is sinking in for the Tuazon family, who says the electrician by trade will be missed.
“My son is a good boy. No problem to my boy. He comes home, lie down, watch TV, Playstation, that’s all,” Angela Tuazon said. “I’m waiting for him to come home. My son is not dead. I ain’t going to admit that.”
Police believe Tuazon was the driver. His family spoke with the DeGuzmans after receiving the news.
Josh deGuzman’s father, Mike DeGuzman, told KHON2, “Police called them saying Ryan got into an accident. Then right there, everything just added up into my head, because I knew there was a car crash. Three people died, and I knew there were three people in the car. I put two and two together, and I started to cry.”
“They grew up together, kindergarten all the way to high school. They remained friends all this time, to this day. They did everything together,” said Mike DeGuzman, who is a member of the Society of Seven entertainers.
Mike DeGuzman says his son shared his love for music, and showed us his personal ukulele imprinted with his middle name, Ikaika.
“Ikaika means strength, and that was my boy,” he said.
The family has set up a GoFundMe page for the couple’s son, Kaleb Kekoa.
“I wish I could bring them back, him and Kassie,” Mike DeGuzman said. “She was a lovely lady. Very caring, great mom, great girlfriend, future wife. He made me so proud so many times. He made me really proud.”
Police shut down Farrington Highway in both directions between Kahi Mohala and The Queen’s Medical Center West to investigate and clear the scene. The road was reopened just after midnight.
Police are still investigating what exactly led up to the crash.
These are the 23rd, 24th and 25th traffic fatalities of 2017, compared to 28 last year.