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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 1:46 p.m., Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Two men killed in H-1 Kalihi area traffic collisions

Advertiser Staff

Two men were killed in separate traffic collisions overnight on the H-1 Freeway in the Kalihi area.

In the first incident, a 39-year-old man from Waikoloa on the Big Island died of injuries he received when his 2006 Dodge Stratus was struck from behind by a 2005 Toyota Camry at about 10:45 p.m. in an eastbound lane of the freeway near the Vineyard Boulevard off-ramp. Police investigators said the accident occurred after the Dodge Stratus had come to a stop in its lane.

The Dodge Stratus driver was taken to The Queen's Medical Center and was pronounced dead at 11:39 p.m. The other motorist, a 47-year-old Kalihi man, refused treatment at the scene for an elbow injury, investigators said. Traffic was moderate at the time of the collision and the road surface was dry, investigators said.

In the other incident, a 27-year-old Pearl City man driving west on the Moanalua Freeway in a 2005 Toyota Camry crashed into a state Department of Transportation mobile electronic warning sign at about 12:29 this morning.

Traffic investigators said the accident occurred near where the H-1 and Moanalua freeways merge. Investigators said speeding was a suspected factor in the crash, which occurred during rainy conditions.

The two fatalities marked the 19th and 20th of the year, compared to 18 during the same period last year.