Marine vehicle caused fatal crash in Hauula, police say
By Mary Adamski
POSTED: 02:51 p.m. HST, Oct 24, 2008
A 57-year-old Hauula woman died yesterday when a 7-ton Marine truck veered across the centerline of Kamehameha Highway and collided head-on with her minivan.
The woman, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead the scene, 53-729 Kamehameha Highway in Hauula.
The crash happened about 2:15 p.m. yesterday as the Medium Tactical Vehicle, a transport vehicle, was headed toward Kahuku and the 2006 Chrysler van was headed toward Kaneohe.
Police said the Marine truck veered into the woman’s lane as it approached a bend to the right and hit the van head-on, pinning the woman inside.
A witness said the woman was an employee at the Ponds at Punaluu nursing care facility.
The two male Marines in the truck, ages 19 and 20, were not injured, but were sent to Tripler Army Medical Center for evaluation, according to a release from Marine Corps Base Hawaii.
Police said it is not yet known whether the crashed involved speeding, but investigators have ruled out alcohol as a factor.
The woman was wearing a seat belt and her airbag did deploy. The two Marines were not wearing seat restraints.
Kamehameha Highway was closed to traffic in both directions for five hours after the crash.
The truck was returning to the Marine Corps base in Kaneohe from the Kahuku Training Area, according to the Marine base public information office. Members of the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, they were on a training exercise in preparation for deployment to the Middle East next year, the release said.
Star-Bulletin reporter Gene Park contributed to this story