Man is in critical condition after crash near Whitmore Village
By Star-Bulletin staff
POSTED: 02:52 p.m. HST, Sep 26, 2009
A passenger in a sports utility vehicle was seriously injured early this morning when the vehicle struck a utility pole beside Kamehameha Highway near Whitmore Village.
A Honolulu Fire Department crew worked for about 30 minutes with extrication tools to remove the 24-year-old man who was pinned in the Cadillac Escalade. He was listed in critical condition at Queen’s Medical Center.
Police said the 26-year-old driver of the Wahiawa-bound vehicle fell asleep and the vehicle drifted off the road in the 5:30 a.m. accident near the intersection with Kaukonahua Road.
The driver was treated for minor injuries at Wahiawa General Hospital and arrrested on charges of negligent injury and operating a vehicle under the influence.
Police said the roadway was wet and that alcohol was a factor in the accident. Both men wore seatbelts and it was not known if speed was involved.
Traffic investigators said the men were both in the military.