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1 dead, 2 seriously injured in Makaha crash

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Honolulu police believe speed and alcohol are factors in a deadly crash that killed a 21-year-old Waianae man and seriously injured two others Thursday morning in Makaha. 

"My kids, they have always called me when they couldn't drive. Unfortunately, he missed out on this one."

Troy Kahooilihala can only wish the voice on the other end of the phone would've been his son, asking for a ride. Instead, it was the worst kind of call, telling him his namesake died in a suspected drunken driving crash.

He was riding with his seat belt unbuckled in the back of this car on Farrington Highway with two friends, according to police at the scene. The driver was allegedly drunk and speeding at more than 100 miles an hour.

"The vehicle left the roadway, hit a grassy hill, went airport, struck the pickup truck, flipped over several times and landed on the beach area," said Lt. Andre Peters of the police department's traffic division.

Kahooilihala was ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene, according to HPD. The driver and front seat passenger were pulled from the car and rushed to the hospital in serious condition.

"This incident, this itself shows seat belts do save lives and that speeding kills," said Lt. Peters.

Kahooilihala says his son was a hard worker who just wanted to live a simple life. "My son was just a bighearted, kind guy. Outgoing, very happy and very loved. All I can say is just don't drink and drive. Call someone, call someone. It doesn't matter what time, call someone."

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