Man, 47, dies after 2 accidents on H-3 near Mokapu Boulevard
By Star-Advertiser staff
POSTED: 05:38 a.m. HST, Jun 23, 2012
A 47-year-old man struck by a pickup truck on H-3 freeway near Mokapu Boulevard early Friday died later in the day.
The accident shut down the Honolulu-bound lanes of H-3 for about four hours.
According to a police report, the man was driving a 1993 Buick sedan in the northbound H-3 lanes toward Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay at about 6:10 a.m. when he lost control of the vehicle, crossed the grassy median and the southbound lanes, crashing deep in a wooded area off the highway. Witnesses came to the man's aid and said he sat on a guardrail where they all waited for help to arrive.
Police said that for an unknown reason the man stood up and staggered into the southbound lanes and was struck by a white Nissan pickup truck driven by a 28-year-old man. The pickup driver stopped immediately to render aid, police said.
The victim was taken to Queen's, where he later died at 4:26 p.m., police said.
Speed, drugs and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the accident, which remains under investigation, police said.
Following the accident, police closed the Honolulu-bound lanes of H-3 at Mokapu Boulevard until about 11 a.m. During the closure, all traffic coming out of Marine Corps Base Hawaii was diverted to the H-3 West Kaneohe offramp.
It was the 28th traffic fatality so far this compared to 24 at the same time last year.Click here to download our mobile app for your iOS and Android device.