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Reene Kawaahau and Son, Patrick Kawaahau Gustafson, Killed in Casa Grande Car Accident

Van O'Steen

November 19, 2019

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Casa Grande, Arizona—A family that moved to Casa Grande three years ago from Maui lost its mother and a son after they were involved in a car accident on Florence Boulevard near Interstate 10 on Friday night.

Patrick Kawaahau Gustafson, age 6, had just finished playing a baseball game with his team, the Babe Ruth Orioles.  His mother, Reene Kawaahau, age 30, Patrick and three of his siblings were headed home when their SUV was struck by a driver making a left turn on a yellow light.

Patrick was ejected from the vehicle.  Three additional children in the car suffered minor injuries.  Reene and Patrick were transported to a Phoenix-area trauma hospital.  The unidentified 21-year-old driver of the left-turning vehicle was not injured and remained at the scene.

Reene and her life companion, Mike Gustafson, have seven children, ranging in ages from 10 years to 5 months. 

Extended family members arrived from Hawaii on Tuesday.  They made the heart-wrenching decision to remove life support from both Reene and Patrick and donate their organs.

Reene worked as a security guard for Gila River Health Care.  Patrick was a first grader at Grande Innovation Academy.  Mr. Gustafson is a chef for SV Gourmet Kitchen in Maricopa.

Presently, no charges have been filed against the driver of the vehicle that struck the family’s SUV.  Several fundraisers have been scheduled.

We extend our deep sympathies to the Gustafson family and friends over this tragic loss.

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