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Posted: Sunday, January 23, 2011 11:30 pm

KEKAHA — A one-vehicle crash in Kekaha early Sunday morning left one teen dead and another in serious condition, county officials said.

The accident occurred at approximately 1 a.m. on Kaumuali‘i Highway in the vicinity of Manu Road, a news release states. The westbound Toyota pick-up truck crossed the centerline and struck a guardrail on the opposite side of the road.

The driver was ejected and died at the scene. The passenger was transported to Kaua‘i Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waimea. 

The two occupants of the vehicle were 17-year-old boys. Their names are being withheld at this time. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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  • gmann1 posted at 1:22 am on Sat, Feb 5, 2011.

    gmann1 Posts: 57

    I must admit who in there right frame of mind goes out and buys a vehicle that will only devalue over time as a wise choice of spending the insurance money so they can post "In loving memory of *******" in the back window?

    Granted not all are new vehicles but come on it is tacky as it gets to display such grief in this manner.

  • dmorel posted at 10:23 pm on Wed, Feb 2, 2011.

    dmorel Posts: 1096

    Very sad loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families.

    rednksurfer--I like your ideas. Yes, how hard would it be to do what you are suggesting? There are some vehicle controlling devices for teen drivers that are available.

    Also, a matter that bothers me to no end: Why are there no seat belts on public school buses on our Island? WHY?

    In Australia and New Zealand all school buses have seat belts. Also, there is a helmet law when riding bikes, especially directed to child safety. Parent/guardian can be ticketed.

    Child safety is taken much more seriously in these 2 countries. What is the problem with the USA, the most powerful/wealthiest nation in the world? Priorities are screwed-up.

    And, how many people have seen some public school bus drivers flying like bats out of h*ll, at times with children on the bus.

    Again, priorities screwed-up. Just get rid of these drives who don't care--to h*ll with who their auntie is and this is why they have the job. It's outrageous.

  • rednksurfer posted at 8:45 am on Mon, Jan 31, 2011.

    rednksurfer Posts: 54

    How hard would it be for car manufacturers to place a programmable speed controller that limits the speed at the owners request. A 50 mph setting for kids that borrow a family car. Also one that disables the ignition if seatbelts are unbuckled. Why can't we get these for our cars. Why don't insurance companies require it.

  • Francine1 posted at 2:37 am on Wed, Jan 26, 2011.

    Francine1 Posts: 223

    I know Kauai is known for being 'the coconut wireless island', but when the Police and News Reporters choose not to release the names of the victims until the families are notified; I would like to think that people on Facebook will show the same courtesy!
    It's a shame that someone on Facebook decided to post all names of those involved in this accident. I had this discussion once with a popular radio personality who allowed a caller to be live on air describing the car and it's license plate numbers. Until the Police or powers that be have notified the victims family members, I think this information should not be released.
    I know it's Kauai's way and I would hate to have or be a family member receiving information through the 'Kauai Coconut Wireless Network'; especially if the person reporting it is giving out incorrect information.
    I know everyone wants to know, but leave it to the Professionals to get this information out through the proper channels.........Aloha!!

  • lihimui posted at 7:43 am on Tue, Jan 25, 2011.

    lihimui Posts: 22

    Thanks to everyone for their prayers we will pass them on to Family, Extended Ohana and Facebook Ohana, so sorry Dakine. You're right we need to do something different. Kealohi, the other boy is recovering, he had his belt.

  • lihimui posted at 7:33 am on Tue, Jan 25, 2011.

    lihimui Posts: 22

    These boys are extended ohana, they have touched the lives of our children in middle school and high school. Our kids are grieving, I put up a sign for family and friends driving thru Hanapepe. It reads: Christ will never leave one he has chosen as his own.& Christ brings inner peace that passes understanding. I pray that it will touch the souls of those who pass by, our sympathy and love is with the family, friends, children, teens, teachers and community. We are sad that no one asked how the other boy is doing, we are the adults we need to set a pono example. He is doing better fortunately he had his belt on, thank god. Also many kids and teens have been consoling each other on FB thru chat and memories on FB. This momma of six sends personal prayers and love to their family, we loved both of them. God Bless

  • chzhdinhi posted at 6:15 am on Tue, Jan 25, 2011.

    chzhdinhi Posts: 4

    Yes xmasone you did write ADULTS. Many ADULTS in our teens lives are parents, or parents of friends. Truly it does not matter if and where teens acquire alcohol there are so many influences that are unhealthy in their world. Thank you for those who commented that truly it is the ohana left behind and the kids in this young man's life that is now left to handle grief the best way they can. We need to pray for his friends that may grow depressed after this loss. We do not want to see this happen again. Again my prayers are with this family and the community.

  • kealohi posted at 12:31 am on Tue, Jan 25, 2011.

    kealohi Posts: 194

    God Bless the families & loved ones of both these teens... I hope the one has a full recovery & may the family of the one lost be able to look past people's ignorance of words during their difficult time... No matter how someone loses their child it is always tragic & people should respect the time of grief... Maybe later then people can try to educate on whatever the circumstances may be... Alot of you will go on with your everyday life & this is just another story that is taken over by something more recent.. For these families & friends their lives will be changed forever.. Again God Bless.. My thoughts are with your Ohana's...

  • mdmann posted at 10:23 pm on Mon, Jan 24, 2011.

    mdmann Posts: 985

    If one can't make the assumption that alcohol (or racing) was involved, one can AT LEAST make the assumption that this child was not wearing his seatbelt, not wearing it properly, or it was not kept in working order. He was ejected from the car, and that's exactly what seatbelts are designed to prevent. They work. So, I turn your attention to each and every time the local police run a "Click It, or Ticket" campaign. There are always several BONEHEADED IDIOTS who complain about it. These are ADULTS who are likely teaching the children around them bad driving habits. There's a reason that seatbelts were mandated for all cars sold in the US decades ago. It amazes me that people insist on being so incredibly negligent. Add to this that the driver crossed over the center line, which is something that irks me to no end about the drivers around here--putting everyone on the road at risk 'cause you can't be bothered to follow rules. Unless he had some unexpected health event, it's inexcusable.

  • nogetmad posted at 9:58 pm on Mon, Jan 24, 2011.

    nogetmad Posts: 7


  • dakine posted at 6:04 pm on Mon, Jan 24, 2011.

    dakine Posts: 611

    It's a little early to be making statements about what happened here. No one really knows at this point except the families involved...who are part of my extended 'ohana.

    Whatever the root cause, it's a tragedy of monumental proportions. This makes three in a relatively short period of months, and that's three too many.

    We need to be doing SOMETHING different.

  • xmasone posted at 2:59 pm on Mon, Jan 24, 2011.

    xmasone Posts: 23

    I said ADULTS not parents. Adults can buy alcohol.

  • chzhdinhi posted at 2:33 pm on Mon, Jan 24, 2011.

    chzhdinhi Posts: 4

    Yes this is so very sad. Please stop and think about the family before you make your comments. Do you know that parents bought alcohol for the teens involved? As a mother who raised 2 teens I know that when one of my teens chose to drink I did not by the alcohol and I stop keeping alcohol in my home because I did not want to promote the chance for my child to drink. Thank God my child did not drive. I can only imagine the deep sadness this family and the community in which they live are dealing with this tragedy. I can only say that there are many people praying for this situation and will continue to pray for them. I am thankful my teens are now 20 somethings and chose not to drink and drive. There are many ways that teens acquire alcohol, not just by parents trying to be friends or trying to keep them from other things! I pray that all will come along side this family and support them in this hard situation.

  • xmasone posted at 1:39 pm on Mon, Jan 24, 2011.

    xmasone Posts: 23

    Another sad loss. Not far up the street is the memorial for Max. Maybe Kekaha should start dividing up parcels along that road and prepping for the memorials. WHEN will the ADULTS in these kids lives wise up and STOP proving the alcohol and parties for these kids? Wouldn't you rather go fishing or work on trucks with these kids than to visit the memorials?
    If everyone who attends the memorials had cared enough about these boys when they were alive, to NOT give them booze and set a good example, MAYBE I wouldn't be typing this.
    No more sad stories. If you have kids or are friends with teenagers, don't buy them booze and teach them to party. Kekaha doesn't need anymore monuments and the "In loving memory of *******" signs on the back of the truck windows should say 'Proud parent of an Honor Student at **HS'.
    My condolences to the families and friends of these young men and those who went before them. Too bad we're not learning from OUR mistakes.


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