A 39-year-old bicyclist died after he was struck by a van traveling near Maili Point on Leeward Oahu early today.
His name has yet to be released by the Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office pending notification of next of kin.
At about 5:14 a.m., a 52-year-old woman from Waianae was driving a 2000 Toyota van east on Farrington Highway near Kaukama Road when the vehicle collided into the man, also from Waianae, as he rode a bicycle, according to Honolulu police.
The bicyclist was crossing the highway diagonally at the time of the collision, police said.
He suffered extensive injuries. Paramedics treated him then took him in critical condition to Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, where he died.
Although police said it’s unknown at this time whether speed, alcohol or drugs are factors, Emergency Medical Services reported that the van was traveling at a “high rate of speed” at the time of the crash.
Marc Paaluhi, chairman of the Waianae Neighborhood Board, said speeding around the bend at Maili Point is a problem. “It’s very dangerous.”
He said he has observed motorists travel 45 to 60 mph on the eastbound lanes of Farrington Highway between Kaukama and Hakimo Roads, a roughly mile-long stretch where the posted speed limit is 35 mph.
Officers closed a section of the eastbound lanes of Farrington Highway to investigate during the morning rush hour. Police rerouted traffic onto Mailiilii Road and opened an emergency bypass at Lualualei Naval Road to ease congestion. Lanes were reopened before 9 a.m.
This is the fourth traffic-related fatality on Oahu so far this year compared with three at the same time last year.