Coroner Identifies Three People Killed In Crash On Hwy.24 In Orinda

December 10, 2019 16:00 pm · 18 comments

Three people killed in a crash off of state Highway 24 in Orinda early Saturday morning have been identified by the Contra Costa County coroner’s office.

Sione Vaitafa, 21, of Hayward, and Mauni Pahulu, 22, and Molomona Eteaki, 31, both of Oakland, died in the crash reported shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday involving a red 2009 Nissan Versa that went off the highway just east of Camino Pablo, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Investigators haven’t determined how fast the Nissan was going or why it veered to the right off the highway and struck a tree head-on, CHP officials said. All three victims died at the scene.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or the events leading up to it is asked to call the CHP’s Contra Costa-area office at (925) 646-4980.

TraumaRx December 10, 2019 at 4:34 PM

If investigator’s did their job maybe they would think to check cell phone usage during the time of the accident. Most likely texting or talking.

Kirkwood December 10, 2019 at 5:06 PM

The inspectors are likely doing their jobs, not sitting around waiting for something to happen. Probably a stack of folders on the desk ahead of this one. Due to the state of today’s legal system, police work now involves excruciating detail.

Kentucky Derby December 10, 2019 at 6:42 PM

Texting and talking on their cell shortly after 3 a.m.? And how many people are awake at that hour?

james December 10, 2019 at 7:11 PM

There is a subsection of people that are up all night for several nights,then eventually sleep.It’s called “crashing”.This seems to be a very real term.

Rob December 10, 2019 at 7:11 PM

Maybe the investigation is still under way, maybe if you could do a better job you would be out there working as a detective instead of a keyboard warrior.

TraumaRx December 10, 2019 at 7:44 PM

@ Kentucky Derby
Same could be said to people driving at 3am.

Rollo Tomasi December 11, 2019 at 9:57 AM

Don’t feed the troll.

Boycott The Circus December 11, 2019 at 6:16 PM


It’s funny how everyone thinks your a troll! I’m pretty sure this accident could have been totally avoided but hey you play stupid games then you win stupid prizes.. in the article it states they don’t know how fast the car was going… it’s CA I’m sure they were speeding or high or not wearing seatbelts…..

Fred P. December 11, 2019 at 8:56 PM

Having been married to s cop at one I e doesn’t give you the knowledge or experience or train8bg to tell the cops what todo.

IKrissy55 December 10, 2019 at 5:14 PM

Stupid! ! !
Investigators do do their job!

My condolences to the families who have needlessly lots their sons! That hurt won’t heal anytime soon.

Anon December 10, 2019 at 5:37 PM

Hopefully the vehicles ECM / PCM computer has been pulled and the data is being looked at.

james December 10, 2019 at 6:30 PM

One wonders if there was a licenced driver in the car,and did they all just fall asleeo?Texting is a good possibility though.Esp considering their age.

John P December 10, 2019 at 6:39 PM

The Times article stated they were returning from a church thing. Really? Going home at 3 AM? Was it in Sacramento or farther out? Was alcohol or THC served? Blood analysis of the driver will take some time, so patience, folks.

Nubs December 10, 2019 at 7:30 PM

No assumptions, just so sad, 3 young lives were lost. My heart goes out to their families and friends. My sincerest condolences.

Eddie December 10, 2019 at 8:00 PM

It honestly does not matter what they were doing or where they were coming from. They lost their lives and I’m sure they have families who are devastated.

Trauma Rx is a troll full of unnecessary comments on every single post on this site.

MEV December 10, 2019 at 10:31 PM

There is a single vehicle accident that was reported at 10:26 p.m. in the same area now.

02694 10:26 PM Trfc Collision-1141 Enrt Sr24 W / Fish Ranch Rd Ofr WB SR24 JEO FISH RANCH Contra Costa —

Reported as a White van overturned on its roof.

Sign from Above December 11, 2019 at 8:11 AM

Why do people continue to be pulled in by the comments of Trauma. Practice the art of ignore, ignore, ignore, and maybe he/she will go away!

CoCo Commenter December 11, 2019 at 10:04 AM

That stretch of freeway is notoriously slippery/dangerous when wet. Every rainy season there is numerous violent spin outs often multiple on the extra wet nights

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