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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Waianae man dies in crash of speeding truck on H-1 Freeway

Advertiser Staff

A 33-year-old Waianae man was killed Tuesday in the crash of a pickup truck on H-1 Freeway.

The medical examiner's office on Wednesday identified him as David Roberts.

Police said the 1991 Toyota was headed east, in the area of Kualakai Parkway, when it veered right, struck a grass embankment and overturned shortly after 6 p.m.

Roberts, who was driving the truck, was ejected. His passenger, a 33-year-old Waianae woman, was pulled from the vehicle before it caught fire.

Roberts was taken in critical condition to Hawaii Medical Center West, where he was pronounced dead at 6:44.

The woman was taken to The Queen's Medical Center in serious condition.

Police said the truck was traveling at a high rate of speed. They said they have not yet determined if alcohol or drugs were involved.

Eastbound lanes of the freeway were closed until 9 p.m.

Police said Roberts is Oahu's 30th traffic fatality of the year, compared to 29 at the same time last year.