Honolulu police are launching a new plan to crack down on road racers. Police say illegal highway racing is to blame for yet another death this weekend. Sunday's fatality is the seventeenth this year due to the dangerous game being played on our roadways.
Every time you get on the H-1 Freeway you could be caught in a cat and mouse game with competing road racers. Now police say they've got a plan to crack down.
The van was an innocent victim in a deadly game. One woman died, two passengers injured. A car driven by 18-year-old Nicholas Tudisco is to blame. Police believe Tudisco was illegally street racing.
"Witness statements to the effect there were at least two cars racing on the H-1 when this crash occurred," says Major Robert Prasser of the Honolulu Police Department.
Monday Tudisco was released from jail pending further investigation. Witness statements link him to a car club.
"There was actually vehicles blocking traffic to the rear," says Prasser.
In a strategy that could be similar to this one:
"A group will come on the freeway and several cars will block the traffic behind them, kind of a rolling roadblock, and a couple racers will take off," explains Prasser.
The new head of the traffic division is looking to make his mark by curbing racing.
"You wouldn't just get cited or arrested but your car would get forefeited for auction purposes."
And there will be roadblocks this holiday weekend.
"It'll involve several different divisions of HPD including the helicopter unit."
And a plea to the public to get more involved: If you see it going on...
"Call 911 or traffic accident investigation section, and we'll deal with it," says Prasser.
Police are looking to make several more arrests in this case.