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Posted at 1:13 p.m., Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Victim identified in double fatality car wreck

Advertiser Staff

The city Medical Examiner's has identified a 16-year-old boy who died in a one-car wreck last night as Leslie C. Kim of Kapolei. An 18-year-old girl also was killed in the accident, but the ME's office isn't releasing her name yet.

A 19-year-old man who was driving a 1993 Nissan 240 was taken to The Queen's Medical Center in serious but stable condition, said Bryan Cheplic of the Department of Emergency Services. He remains in the hospital.

A third passenger, a 14-year-old boy riding in the left-rear seat, sustained minor injuries and was also taken to Queen's and released, Cheplic said.

The accident occurred around 11 p.m., when the car drove off the end of the road, went airborne and slammed into a drainage ditch on the grounds of the former Barbers Point Naval Air Station, now known as Kalaeloa.

Police vehicular homicide investigators said the accident occurred where Roosevelt Avenue comes to an end, about a tenth of a mile south of Boxer Avenue.

The girl who died was seated in the front-right passenger seat before the crash. Kim had been riding in right-rear passenger seat, police said. Both were declared dead at the scene.

The 2006 traffic death toll on O'ahu now stands at 56 compared to 50 at the same time last year.