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Crushed cars draw attention to dangers of drinking and driving

HONOLULU (KHON) - A truck with its roof ripped off like a convertible, a van with a gaping hole in its windshield.

The Waianae Coast community is using these wrecks set up on the side of Farrington Highway as a chilling reminder of the consequences of drinking and driving, something that has touched families living here directly.

In April 2016, 19-year-old Kaulana Werner was killed in a hit-and-run crash on Farrington Highway.

Police say speed and alcohol were factors. 

Since then, the Werner family has started a community driven outreach to keep others safe.

"All the tragic deaths and hit and run, it's bad what we going through really, what the other families are going through, it's just horrendous," said Ed Werner, Kaulana's father.  "What they are going through and it's hard specially with Christmas and New Year's coming up. This is going to be our third Christmas without him, so all we can do is spread the word and everybody be safe out there."

"We just had very tragic accidents, one of our community members in Ko Olina and yesterday I witnessed two accidents on Farrington Highway," said Patty Kahanamoku Teruya of the Waianae Coast Community Foundation. "It's either speeding, it's either texting, it's not being attentive and we just want to tell the residents and you got to slow down drive with aloha."

So far this year there have been 61 traffic-related deaths on Oahu. 

Supporting Wednesday's rally were Honolulu Police and members of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. 

The community plans to gather for two more rallies like this one. One on December 27, the other on January 10. 

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