Lawai teen killed in late-night crash

A Kauai High School student was killed in a one-vehicle car wreck near the Koloa Road-Omao Road intersection just after midnight Saturday, June 21.

The accident victim was Darius Yasay, 17, of Lawai.

“Speed and alcohol were factors in this accident,” said Sgt. Mark Scribner, Kauai Police Department Traffic Safety Unit.

Yasay was taken to Wilcox Memorial Hospital and was pronounced dead upon arrival. An autopsy is forthcoming.

According to preliminary investigation, the vehicle was traveling southbound on Koloa Road in the vicinity of the water tank. It appeared that the driver lost control of the vehicle, which struck a tree, overturned and stopped in a pasture off the west shoulder of the road, police said. There were three passengers in the vehicle.

The driver, identified as Darius Henderson, 19, of Kalaheo, was arrested for driving under the influence of an intoxicant and negligent homicide. Henderson was released pending further investigation. He suffered minor injuries.

Another passenger, a 17-year-old, also suffered minor injuries and refused medical treatment.

The traffic fatality was the second in three days, the first killing Kendall Lemn, Jr., 19, of Anahola, on June 19. In that crash, police removed Lemn from a vehicle he had crashed into a coconut tree near Kukuihale Road, the entrance to Hawaiian Homes in Anahola. Initial police investigation stated that speed and alcohol may have been factors in the crash. No autopsy results from that incident are yet available.

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