Pro Paddler Sophia Tiaré Bartlow Passes Away in North Shore Car Accident
Tragedy struck over the weekend when 25-year-old Sophia Tiaré Bartlow—professional standup paddler, surfer and beloved member of the ocean sports community—passed away on Oahu’s North Shore after a car accident at around 10:15pm Saturday night. Tiaré Bartlow was riding passenger in a car traveling down Waialua Beach Road when the driver lost control, crossed the oncoming lane and hit a tree. Paramedics found the victim in critical condition before she was taken to the hospital where she died shortly after.
The driver, a 35-year-old Waialua man named Sage Candelaria, was assumed to be Tiaré Bartlow’s friend and was also rushed to the hospital in serious condition. He is now being detained on charges of first-degree negligent homicide, drunken driving and driving without a license while the incident is investigated.
Tiaré Bartlow, a talented standup paddle surfer ranked 12th on the 2015 Standup World Tour, grew up in Long Beach, California and graduated in 2013 from the University of Hawaii. She was widely known and loved across the standup paddling and surfing communities for her bright spirit, endless enthusiasm and contagious positivity. She leaves behind her mother—world champion longboarder Jericho Poppler—and a vast community of friends and family in mourning.
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