Driver walks away from Kapule Highway accident

A man walked away uninjured after his vehicle flipped over near the Hanamaulu Bridge on Kapule Highway about 1:30 p.m. Monday.

Edilcer Sarceno, 26, originally of Guatemala and now a Kauai resident, said he was headed to Wailua when he lost control of his late-model Nissan Sentra, crashed into an embankment on the Gateway Project.

His car slammed into the 50 MPH speed limit sign posted at the roadway, then took out some ground cover and flipped over. Sarceno was the only occupant of the car.

A Kauai Police Department report said that Sarceno was attempting to overtake a vehicle when the accident occurred.

Sarceno’s car may have flipped twice.

It just goes to show that “seat belts save lives,” said Kauai Police Department accident scene investigators Officers Clyde Caires and Jesse Castro, who were joined by Sgt. Mark Scribner.

Paramedics from American Medical Response and Lihue Fire Department personnel also responded. It was determined that Sarceno only had minor injuries and didn’t require emergency medical treatment.

The driver’s side window sustained a few dirt marks and scrapes but was still intact, while the car’s windshield and rear windows were broken. Contents from the car’s trunk were strewn across Kapule Highway, but after police took their accident reports, Sarceno was able to use his cell phone, which he kept in his front shirt pocket.

Police said the man is likely to be fined about $250 for damaging the speed limit sign and that Sarceno’s motor vehicle insurance will probably cover the cost.

There is no word yet on the cost of damage to landscaping at the accident scene, which is part of the County of Kauai’s Gateway Project.

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