POSTED: 9:30 p.m. HST, Feb 19, 2012
LAST UPDATED: 8:44 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.