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Motorcycle crash on H-1 freeway kills 51-year-old Aiea man

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 08:44 p.m. HST, Feb 20, 2012

Police said excessive speed may have contributed to a crash that killed a motorcyclist on the H-1 freeway near Palama on Sunday night.

Traffic investigators said a 51-year-old Aiea man was operating a 1994 Suzuki Intruder motorcycle in the Waianae-bound lanes of the freeway when it veered into the path of a 2003 Lincoln Navigator and the vehicles collided, causing the motorcycle to fall.

The collision happened about 8:50 p.m., two-tenths of a mile west of the Palama Street offramp.

The motorcycle driver suffered massive head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. He was not wearing a helmet. Officials did not disclose his name yesterday.

The driver of the Navigator, a 60-year-old Waipahu man, was not hurt.

Police closed the H-1 freeway's westbound lanes for several hours as traffic investigators examined the crash scene.

It was 11th traffic fatality on Oahu this year, compared to nine at the same time last year.

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1local wrote:
what motorcycle rider does not speed? No helmet should result in higher insurance cost to operator.
on February 20,2012 | 06:11AM
soundofreason wrote:
THIS one...in answer to your question.
on February 20,2012 | 07:09AM
1local wrote:
do you wear a helmet and utilize turn signals?
on February 20,2012 | 09:46AM
soundofreason wrote:
No on the helmet - Yes on the turn signals
on February 20,2012 | 10:45AM
aomohoa wrote:
i know it is fun to ride a motorcycle without a helmet. When I was young I did it all the time. I wish they had a helmet law here. It would save so many lives.
on February 20,2012 | 07:18AM
soundofreason wrote:
It would not have helped in this situation
on February 20,2012 | 08:34AM
Vivgie wrote:
Motorcycle vs car. I win. You lose.
on February 20,2012 | 07:20AM
niimi wrote:
Sad whenever anyone dies in an accident regardless of the circumstances. Equally as sad is that I see a lot of motorcycle riders who are well in excess of the speed limit, and many hopping from lane to lane, quick bursts of acceleration take them quickly to that next spot up ahead in traffic. But some of the lane change maneuvers are with such limited space. I know I would not even think of attempting such a lane change in a passenger car. 1local makes a point that would be great but it would be difficult to enforce at the insurance premium. However, maybe insurance providers could state two levels of incident coverage, one where the rider and passenger wear helmets and another lower tier of benefit where the rider/passenger are not wearing a helmet. That would preserve that "Freedom of choice" by the rider but they would know full well that their medical or incident coverage would be significantly lower should an incident occur and they didn't have helmets on.
on February 20,2012 | 07:41AM
kahu808 wrote:
Speeding, aggressive driving, impaired driving all subtracts from a collision being an "accident". We need to remember that most of these deaths were preventable. Helmets and other safety equipment would help regardless of whom was at fault.
on February 20,2012 | 07:50AM
Eradication wrote:
Not in this case.
on February 20,2012 | 11:10AM
kahu808 wrote:
on February 20,2012 | 07:49PM
niimi wrote:
kahu808 makes an excellent point. I should NOT use the word accident--EVER. "collision", "crash", or "wreck." There are no accidents. So I stand corrected. Thanks for correcting me.
on February 20,2012 | 01:00PM
kahu808 wrote:
Master Oogway said the same thing.
on February 20,2012 | 07:49PM
Oahuan wrote:
Saw a similar situation yesterday at about 1pm. heading Ewa bound near the exact location. A motorcyclist speeding in-between lanes and crossing over 3 lanes, in and out........thought to myself "his days are numbered". Now wondering if this could be the same idiot.
on February 20,2012 | 08:51AM
aomohoa wrote:
I see really young people speeding in and out of lanes on their pocket rockets. I expect someone like that to end badly but not someone 51 years old. In Hawaii it is illegal to lane share. There are probably a lot of people here that don't expect it when someone does. End result is not good.
on February 20,2012 | 09:27AM
butinski wrote:
The human head is like a watermelon when colliding with concrete or metal. Splatter, splatter. Helmets can help . Riders learn the hard way.
on February 20,2012 | 09:43AM
Sully77 wrote:
on February 20,2012 | 09:50AM
Eradication wrote:
How many cars are speeding out there? Everyone speeds, not just motorcycles. I ride a bike and I wear a helmet but I can tell you that I ride as if cars are out to get me because it seems that way. I respect the rules of the road and no matter if I am right or wrong it does not matter because I will lose every time. It is called the law of tonnage. I'm selling my bike because I've had too many cars make left turns if front of me without regard to my safety. I used to enjoy getting out on the open road. Not any more. This incident could have been prevented if the rider respected his machine and himself. Sadly for the car driver he has to live with the memory of the accident that was not his fault.
on February 20,2012 | 11:17AM
aomohoa wrote:
We sold our motorcycle too. No matter what a car will win.
on February 20,2012 | 11:24AM
niimi wrote:
Out there on the freeway I drive at the speed limit. So not everyone speeds.
on February 20,2012 | 01:01PM
Eradication wrote:
You probably are the exception. People who drive at 55 mph are tailgated, swore at and sometimes are a hazard to the flow of the traffic. If everyone around you is doing 65 or more doing 55 is dangerous. Not your fault, but still dangerous.
on February 20,2012 | 06:02PM
niimi wrote:
Not in the right hand lane, or moving to the middle if traffic is merging.
on February 20,2012 | 11:43PM
niimi wrote:
Cycle City probably cringes each time there's a motorcycle wreck.
on February 20,2012 | 01:02PM
Eradication wrote:
It was a 1994 Suzuki Intruder. I guess it doesn't matter, though. It all affects sales.
on February 20,2012 | 06:04PM
niimi wrote:
A friend of mine has been riding for 41 years--never once had to lay his bike down. His advice? "When I ride I don't want to be seen. By that I mean, if a driver sees me they tend to get nervous. If I see that then I'll back down or switch lanes and steadily move ahead. Drivers tend to commit unnatural driving acts when around motorcycles. Also, I never blast my bike, as that really makes drivers nervous. A sudden rev of a motorcycle engine can make a driver twitch, be it braking suddenly or pulling to one side."
on February 20,2012 | 09:22PM
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