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Witnesses: Motorcyclist was speeding before fatal Ewa crash

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:16 p.m. HST, Jan 05, 2012

Witnesses told police a motorcyclist was speeding and weaving in and out of traffic on Fort Weaver Road before a fatal crash at about 5:30 a.m.

The motorcyclist, a 27-year-old man, died at the crash scene which was near the recently closed Hawaii Medical Center-West. The Army said the man, whose name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, was stationed at Schofield Barracks.

The crash closed the north-bound lanes of Fort Weaver Road, the main artery out of Ewa Beach, leading to the H-1 Freeway. Police reopened the road at about 8:05 a.m. after police investigated the scene and firefighters cleaned up fluid and debris on the road.

The motorcycle may have clipped a vehicle near the Farrington Highway cut-off, causing the motorcyclist to lose control, said Lt. Robert Towne of the Honolulu Police Department's traffic investigations division. The victim flew off the motorcycle, slid about 30 feet into a guard rail, severing his arm, Towne said.

The motorcycle also slammed into the guard rail, ricocheted off of it, and traveled another 100 feet near the Farrington Highway overpass, he said.

The victim was wearing a helmet, Towne said.

The traffic fatality is the first of the year for Oahu. 

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olos73 wrote:
My aloha to the motorcyclist's family. If he was not pronounced dead at the scene, but only seriously or critically injured, how long would it be to take him to the closest emergency room? The accident occured close to the HMC West. I hope this accident opens some politicians eyes. We need HMC West for emergencies like this for people living in this area. Find or divert money to open up this facility. You're already wasting money on unnecessary things.
on January 5,2012 | 06:49AM
jusmetwocents wrote:
You Play... You Pay!
on January 5,2012 | 09:08AM
Songoboy wrote:
Some motorcyclist....SOME, not all......ride recklessly and not only endanger themselves, but innocent motorists who obey the traffic laws. Many a time there are motorcyclist who "just pop out of nowhere", weaving in and out of traffic and scare me "beep" out of me. Please "Fast and the Furious" types (motorcyclist and car drivers), please obey the traffic laws and pitch in to make our roads safe to drive so we won't have anymore tragedies. Condolences to the family of the victim
on January 5,2012 | 10:04AM
bleedgreen wrote:
The way some drivers speed on Ft. Weaver Road, I am surprised there are so few accidents there. It was just a matter of time before someone got killed. I generally avoid Ft. Weaver Road when going to Ewa by taking the North-South Road.
on January 5,2012 | 10:04AM
buck808 wrote:
More people should ride motorcycles. Why drive a 5 passenger gas guzzler for only one person? That is so lazy and selfish.
on January 5,2012 | 10:28AM
TheKagawas wrote:
Probably because people dont want to die when they get into a fender bender!
on January 5,2012 | 11:44AM
Compassionate_Cat wrote:
Yes! WE need HMC West and the facility is not a tear down like Liliha, it's managable and necessary.
on January 5,2012 | 11:54AM
lowtone123 wrote:
Speed kills! If you speed and weave in and out of traffic how are you to react safely if someone changes lanes in front of you or traffic slows down. People who speed excessively endangers not only themselves but drivers around them as well. DRIVE WITH ALOHA!!!
on January 5,2012 | 12:02PM
Papakolea wrote:
Deepest condolences to this soldier who was serving our country. He may have made a mistake in how he was operating his motorcycle but if he was 27, in all likelihood, he spent some time in either Iraq or Afghanistan. Let's not let one lapse of judgment overshadow the service he gave to our country.
on January 5,2012 | 12:18PM
butinski wrote:
You're saying that being in the military justifies breaking the law. That is a bunch of cr*p. There are a lot of losers in the army.
on January 5,2012 | 01:31PM
squeaky_weal wrote:
Only two things kill M/C riders.....stupid and cars with stupid behind the wheel ( I see a few of them have posted here). 45 years on the road, safely, on bicycles,M/C's,cars and trucks talking here...
on January 5,2012 | 02:47PM
kona1069 wrote:
So unfortunate, too young to die...but then again speed and reckless driving does kill.
on January 5,2012 | 05:24PM
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