Driver of fatal crash in Makaha appears in courtUPDATED 10:39 PM HST Jun 17, 2013Video Transcript
A fiery fatal crash over the weekend has some wondering if Hawaii's laws allowing passengers to ride in the beds of pickup trucks should be changed. An 18-year old is under investigation for negligent homicide after allegedly crashing his truck carrying 11 passengers. Kamea-loha-nake-kai-au Wilbur Delima appeared in court for the first time since police say the teenager lost control of his vehicle along Farrington Highway in Makaha early Saturday morning around midnight. NATS OF JUDGE OR DELIMA 02:00 ALL OF THESE CRASHES COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENETED IF THE DRIVER WAS DRIVING WITHIN SPEED LIMIT AND ESPECIALLY NOT HAVE ALCOHOL INVOLVED," hpd says eleven passengers were riding in the cab and bed of delima's truck, but putting together the pieces of the investigation have been a little more difficult. 06:32 NORMALLY BAD CRASH PEOPLE TELLS US WHAT HAPPENED .. IN THIS ALL WHO WERE INVOLVED IN CRASH JUST RAN AND BAILED VERY UNUSUAL SITUATION," Wilbur later turned himself in and was arrested for negligent homicide and failure tor render aid. He also faces several counts of driving without insurance, without a license, and contempt. Police are urging parents to keep close tabs on their children in light of this fatal crash and another one involving teenagers in Kaimuki in consecutive weeks. HPD is also making its stance clear on laws allowing passengers in the beds of pickup trucks. 08:27 HAVING PASSENGER IN TRUCK DANGEROUS MINOR CRASH SERIOUS INJURY HPD SUPPORTS LEGISLATION THAT PROHIBITS RIDING IN THE BACK OF PICKUP TRUCKS," Delima has not yet been charged for negligent homicide. He was released after posting his $330 bail for unrelated traffic violations. Charges in traffic DEATH cases typically take several months to be filed.