October 23, 2008
Hauula woman, 57, killed in head-on collision
A 57-year-old woman was killed today in Hau‘ula when a seven-ton Marine truck veered across the center line and into the path of her van, according to police.
The death is O‘ahu’s 38th traffic fatality of the year and sixth this month. Four of the six deaths have occurred over the last eight days.
The 2:15 p.m. head-on collision on Kamehameha Highway near the intersection of Puhuli Street involved a 2006 Chrysler van and medium tactical vehicle replacement truck from Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kane‘ohe Bay.
The truck, driven by a 19-year-old male Marine, was northbound on Kamehameha Highway and approaching a right bend in the roadway when it veered into the southbound lane and into the path of the van, said vehicular homicide supervising investigation Sgt. Alan Vegas.
The woman, a Hau‘ula resident, was alone in the van. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Honolulu Medical Examiner’s office did not identify the victim pending confirmation of her identity.
Traffic in the area was affected for over five hours. Kamehameha Highway was reopened shortly before 7:30 p.m.
The truck’s driver and a 20-year-old male passenger were taken to the Tripler Medical Center in good condition, Vegas said.
Marine Corps Base Hawaii said the Marines and truck are assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment.