KAPAA — A 50-year-old Oahu man who died in a two-car crash in Kapaa Monday night has been identified as Nick Garza.
According to a preliminary investigation, a white SUV was heading south on Kuhio Highway when it crossed the center line in an attempt to overtake a southbound silver SUV. As a northbound vehicle approached, the white SUV swerved back into the southbound lane and collided with the silver SUV. The impact of the collision caused the white SUV to lose control and crash into a utility pole near the Mailihuna Road junction.
Garza, a front-seat passenger of the white SUV, was ejected from the vehicle during the crash.
The male driver of the white SUV, 38, of Oahu, had to be extricated from the vehicle by responding firefighters. He was transported by medics to Wilcox Medical Center with critical injuries.
A second male passenger of the white SUV was treated and released at Wilcox Medical Center.
The driver of the silver SUV, an 18-year-old female of Anahola, did not report any injuries.
The investigation remains ongoing.