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Honeymooning visitor killed and husband injured in Kaaawa crash

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:26 a.m. HST, Feb 18, 2012

A female visitor from Japan was killed and her new husband was in critical condition after the motorcycle they were riding struck a guardrail just before 12:15 p.m. today near Crouching Lion in Kaaawa.

Police said the woman died after being transported to the Queen's Medical Center. The man remains in critical condition.

A supervisor with the Department of Emergency Medical Services reported that as the rented Harley-Davidson motorcycle approached the Crouching Lion area, it hit a guardrail near 51-0666 Kamehameha Highway.

The rental company and the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii were contacted to help identify the victims and comfort next of kin, police said.

Jessica Lani Rich, VASH's president and chief executive officer, said the couple was honeymooning here and had brought family with them.

About three hours later, police opened the northbound lanes on Kamehameha Highway that had been closed due to the crash, police announced.

The motorcyclist and his wife were not wearing helmets, the EMS supervisor said.

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stanislous wrote:
OMG... I saw them as they passed through Kaneohe this morning... I noticed they were not wearing helmets and thought to myself that in Japan I bet they wear helmets... and here they are in Hawaii figuring it would be "fun" not to wear them. We were all stopped at a traffic light... they looked so happy and having fun. Sad day.
on February 17,2012 | 05:02PM
roadsterred wrote:
If they hit the guardrail I have in mind, it's on the curve before entering Kahana Bay. This particular curve is a decreasing radius left-hand curve and if you're riding a motorcycle and not prepared for it, you will end up hitting the guard rail. May she rest in peace and may he get well soon.
on February 17,2012 | 07:16PM
aomohoa wrote:
How very very sad. That is why there should be a helmet law here. When we were in Vietnam we were told so many people were killed until there was a helmet law.
on February 17,2012 | 07:46PM
Mach2 wrote:
HI politicians are so innefectual - seat belt law, BUT no helmet law and 'can' ride in back of pickup on freeway... stooopid... wonder what the legal liability of this bike rental company is, regardless of the law - do they offer and recommend helmets w/the rental? how well do they check motorcycle license vs driver license? hopefully they are doing it properly from a legal and 'right thing to do' perspective thoughts go out on this tragedy to the suviver and the families
on February 17,2012 | 09:38PM
Nesmith wrote:
I agree Mach2-always thought that was weird- seat belt law but no helmet law. How many more deaths before a law is made. C'mon already.
on February 17,2012 | 10:04PM
inverse wrote:
Sad story but it must be made clear in all news stories that reach back to Japan and the rest of the world that this was a ONE vehicle crash and that no other vehicles were involved. Weather, visibility and the road surface itself were not factors. Riding a motorcycle has potential dangers, but riding a motorcycle on unfamiliar roads, on an unfamiliar rented motorcycle AND not wearing helmets and other protective gear can often be a recipe for disaster, which in this case, it was.
on February 17,2012 | 10:46PM
Manapua_Man wrote:
I'm sick and tired of reading these stories of visitors coming here and getting killed. Unfortunately, I see too many people throw caution to the wind and forget themselves while vacationing here. It's human nature I guess... but I want to see something done to educate visitors on how to have a safe and fun vacation here. There's way too many of these stories in the news.
on February 17,2012 | 10:55PM
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