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Kapiolani Boulevard motorcycle crash kills Waimanalo man

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 03:25 p.m. HST, Mar 02, 2012

A 36-year-old Waimanalo man died at the scene of a motorcycle crash at the intersection of Kapiolani Boulevard and Ward Avenue early this morning, the latest in a rash of motorcycle fatalities on Oahu in recent weeks.

Police said David M. Keaweehu III was riding a white 2011 Harley Davidson motorcycle, and ran a red light while heading east on Kapiolani Boulevard at about 12:30 a.m. 

Keaweehu tried to stop, but skidded into the rear door of a gray 1995 Toyota Avalon sedan. The Avalon then struck a white 2004 Toyota Sienna van headed mauka on Ward Avenue, police said.

Police said speed may be a factor in the crash. Keaweehu was not wearing a helmet. It's not known if alcohol or drugs were factors.

The drivers and passengers in the van and sedan were not injured, police said.

There have been 13 fatalities this year compared to nine at the same time last year. This is the fifth fatal motorcycle crash on Oahu since Jan. 1.

A 51-year-old Aiea man died Feb. 19 when his 1994 Suzuki Intruder motorcycle veered into the path of a 2003 Lincoln Navigator on the H-1 Freeway just past the Palama Street off-ramp. He was not wearing a helmet.

A 27-year-old Japanese visitor on her honeymoon was killed on Feb. 17 and her husband was critically injured when their rented Harley Davidson motorcycle hit a guard rail on Kamehameha Highway near the Crouching Lion in Kaaawa. They were not wearing helmets. 

On Feb. 1, 47-year-old George Simao Jr., of Aiea died when he lost control of his 2005 Kawasaki while driving north on Bougainville Drive and veered into oncoming traffic. Simao was wearing a helmet, but still suffered massive head and internal injuries.

Another motorcycle crash on Jan. 5 killed a 27-year-old Army Sgt. Aaron Bennett. Witnesses told police Bennett, a Schofield Barracks soldier who served in Iraq, was speeding and weaving in and out of traffic on Fort Weaver Road before the 5:30 a.m. crash. He was wearing a helmet. It was the first traffic fatality of 2012 on Oahu.

In addition, a motorcycle accident on Tuesday sent a 43-year-old Aiea man to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition when his  blue 2001 Yamaha R-1 motorcycle crashed into a black 2001 Volkswagen Golf sedan making a U-turn on Kaonohi Street near Hilo Place. The victim was thrown from the motorcycle, and suffered head injuries. He was not wearing a helmet.

There have also been two fatal motorcycle crashes on the neighbor islands this year.

A motorcycle crash on Hawaii island killed Dimitri I. Sheehan, 24, of Lapahoehoe on Feb. 25. Hawaii County police said Sheehan was speeding and traveling toward Hilo on Kalanianaole Street near Leileiwi Beach Park shortly after 4 p.m. when he did a "wheelie" on his 2002 Honda motorcycle and lost control of the motorcycle. He was wearing a helmet.

On Maui, 21-year-old Wayan DeCosta of Honokowai, died on Jan. 24 when his 2001 Yamaha motorcycle crashed into a parked pickup truck. DeCosta was not wearing a helmet.

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1local wrote:
With all the helmetless - speed related motorcycle death collisions - why don't you see HPD, DOT and insurance companies pushing for helmet requirements for all non seatbelted / airbagged vehicles?
on March 2,2012 | 04:49AM
allie wrote:
Please stop drinking out there
on March 2,2012 | 05:09AM
Vivgie wrote:
More like a Need for Speed craving.
on March 2,2012 | 06:45AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
My take on this is that even if you pass laws that require helmets, there will always be those who will not use them. Those who "get it", get it. Those who don't will be injured or killed. It's like people who walk around looking at their smart phones and step off a curb without looking for oncoming traffic. Not too smart and they learn the hard way.
on March 2,2012 | 05:40AM
serious wrote:
The problem is you only learn once--that motorcyclist will never run another red light. But, that's the way it is--there is no law enofrcement at the intersections. Somehow numberous policemen emerge when there is an accident, if they had been there before perhaps it wouldn't have happened.
on March 2,2012 | 06:08AM
janne wrote:
Why should we waste tax payers monies for police to be stationed at intersections? How with them standing there are accidents gonna be prevented? Those people are driving so fast, they won't even see the police there and accidents will still occur. People just need to use more common sense and quit speeding around.
on March 2,2012 | 07:49AM
Poipounder808 wrote:
What a lame comment....seriously.
on March 2,2012 | 07:58AM
Dizzle wrote:
In numberous ways.....
on March 2,2012 | 08:14AM
scooters wrote:
Okay Serious, join up with HPD and you can post yourself at the intersection. Bring some friends along because there are many intersections on the island that you and your friends can monitor. Are you for real? Just how many HPD officers would be required on the force to be posted at ALL the intersections?
on March 2,2012 | 09:58AM
Anela wrote:
God bless the soul of this young man, and keep his family and friends wrapped in love. Very sad.
on March 2,2012 | 06:40AM
squidman22 wrote:
You can't make a law against stupid.
on March 2,2012 | 06:42AM
bruddahlee wrote:
Gotta be EXTRA careful on a motorcycle. Many times you don't get a second chance. No drinking, driving, and speeding. Let's "Live to Ride and Ride to Live"!! Not the other way around...
on March 2,2012 | 06:54AM
cojef wrote:
One has to extra careful on a motorcycle, after all you only got 2 wheels an that in itself is a handicap in controlling as well as stopping. Shame all these individuals were not wearing helmets. Sad for the ones left behind.
on March 2,2012 | 01:00PM
yskeulb wrote:
The State should install those little white speed bumps about one car length prior to the intersection at each of the major intersections on this island. It's irritating to have to continuously go over those, but it might help to stop drivers from speeding across the intersection to avoid a red light or from running a red light.
on March 2,2012 | 08:01AM
Willieboy wrote:
two easy solutions to minimize these types of accidents..... 1) install red light running cameras at intersections and 2) bring back the van-cams to enforce speeding.
on March 2,2012 | 09:51AM
scooters wrote:
Stupid people do stupid things and pay the price.
on March 2,2012 | 09:59AM
SmedleyFerndock wrote:
In addition, a motorcycle accident on Tuesday sent a 43-year-old Aiea man to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition when his blue 2001 Yamaha R-1 motorcycle crashed into a black 2001 Volkswagen Golf sedan making a u-turn on Kaonohi Street near Hilo Place. The victim was thrown from the motorcycle, and suffered head injuries. He was not wearing a helmet. Suggest SA go back and check their facts, there is no Hilo Pl. Likely Iho Pl. The original story was wrong, but it did not allow comments!
on March 2,2012 | 10:01AM
TomM wrote:
Another Darwin moment.
on March 2,2012 | 10:10AM
butinski wrote:
Who has to clean up all the brain matter that gets splattered after a helmetless motorcyclist hits an metallic object? Wait, I've got it wrong - those riders have nothing upstairs to start with.
on March 2,2012 | 10:19AM
chstephie wrote:
that is a rude and disgusting remark...
on March 2,2012 | 09:58PM
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