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Motorcycle crashes on Oahu leave 1 dead, 6 injured

By Michael Tsai and Sarah Zoellick

LAST UPDATED: 1:22 a.m. HST, Jul 2, 2012

A rash of motorcycle-related crashes yesterday left one man dead and six others injured.

A 24-year-old Kapolei man died after the motorcycle he was operating collided with a van at the intersection of Kamehameha Highway and California Avenue in Wahiawa around 2:45 p.m.

According to police, the van, driven by a 52-year-old man, made a left turn into the path of the motorcyclist.

The driver of the van was not injured. The motorcyclist, who was wearing a helmet, suffered head and internal injuries and was taken in extremely critical condition to an area hospital, where he later died.

Honolulu police closed both directions of the Kamehameha Highway in Wahiawa Sunday following the accident. The highway remained closed until 5:20 p.m.

Around 12:45 p.m., another motorcyclist lost control while taking a wide turn on Kaukonahua Road, crashed into an embankment and hit a sign post, according to Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. Carlton Yamada.  

The man, believed to be in his 30s, was headed toward Wahiawa near Wilikina Drive when the crash occurred. He was taken to the Queen’s Medical Center in serious condition with head injuries and a compound fracture to his arm, Yamada said.

At 2:42 p.m., two people were injured when a motorcycle reportedly rear-ended a Kia Soul in Hawaii Kai.

The motorcycle operator was a man in his 30s, and his passenger was a female in her 20s, according to Yamada. The crash occurred in front of the Koko Marina Shopping Center on Kalanianaole Highway.

The both riders sustained heavy scrapes and the male appeared to have a broken leg, Yamada said. Both were wearing helmets. The driver of the Kia was not injured.

Shortly after 6 p.m., two people were injured when the motorcycle they were riding collided with a Lexus sedan on Alencastre Street in St. Louis Heights. The 26-year-old male operator and his 26-year-old female passenger both sustained leg injuries and were taken to an area hospital in stable condition.

The driver of the Lexus, identified as a man in his 80s, was not injured.

About an hour later, another rider was injured when his motorcycle fell on him on Kamehameha Highway near Waihee Road in Kaneohe. He was taken to a local trauma center with what appeared to be a broken ankle, Yamada said.

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