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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, April 17, 2001

Driver apologizes for fatal collision

By Brandon Masuoka
Advertiser Staff Writer

The driver who survived a fatal car collision that killed three of his Mililani High School friends on Thursday night began apologizing face-to-face to their families, his grandmother said yesterday.

Brian Dade is the lone survivor of a crash that killed three.
Brian Dade, 18, apologized to the families of Andrew Delos Reyes, 18, and Jeremy Tolentino, 18. Dade's grandmother, Phyllis Dade, said yesterday morning he wanted to apologize to the family of Anthony Alexander, 17, before the day was through.

Phyllis Dade said the Delos Reyes and Tolentino families were "supportive" of her grandson when he talked with them.

"I know he's wondering why he's left, 'why me?' " Dade's grandmother said. "He still needs to attend counseling."

On Thursday night, Dade's blue 1999 Saturn crossed the center line on Kaukonahua Road, smashed into a guardrail and was struck by an oncoming maroon 1994 Saturn carrying a Mililani family of three.

All three family members — a 42-year-old man, 40-year-old woman and 11-year-old girl — were in fair condition yesterday morning at the Queen's Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Police have initiated a negligent homicide investigation into the collision, which they said is standard procedure in any fatal collision. Alcohol containers were found inside and outside the student's car and speed was an apparent factor in the collision, police said.

Dade's grandmother said classmates and friends have visited the house and offered support and sympathy to her grandson, who she said is still in physical pain and "bent over" with possible internal injuries.

"Some teachers have come by and offered their help," Dade said. "Some people who worked with him at Foodland have come. It's been very supporting."