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Medical examiner ID's woman killed in motorcycle crash

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:14 a.m. HST, Jul 08, 2012

The Honolulu Medical Examiners office identified  a 51-year-old woman killed in a motorcycle crash Friday night as Stephanie Longwell of Ewa Beach.

Police said a Handi-Van, driven by a man in his 50s, changed lanes into the path of a motorcycle driven by Longwell's husband, Steve. The motorcycle hit the van, and the Longwells were thrown, police said.

Neither was wearing a helmet.

Police said Stephanie Longwell died at the scene and her husband was treated for minor injuries.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

The accident happened about 10:45 p.m. near Manager's Drive in the Ewa-bound lanes of the freeway.

It was the 31st traffic fatality on Oahu this year, compared to 28 at this time last year.

Police initially closed three lanes of the freeway while they investigated the crash.

Another accident happened at about midnight near the Waikele off-ramp, according to accident reports.

Police then closed all Ewa-bound freeway lanes at Waikele and routed traffic through Waipahu until just before 4 a.m.

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ejkorvette wrote:
Prayers to the lost Soul(s), Prayers to the Family/Friends. Message to the Living: SLOW DOWN, DRIVE WITH ALOHA.
on July 7,2012 | 02:23AM
Pocho wrote:
Don't know why people keep on riding motorcycles. as History points out, motorcycle crashes are more deadly than one in a vehicle(car/truck). It's like smoking cigarettes, you smoke em thinking nothing about it, then bam, CANCER Sure it's freedom of choice, cheaper to get one place to another and for whatever reasons, but history proves it's not in one's best interest to ride motorbikes.
on July 7,2012 | 07:40AM
cls8kw wrote:
It happens all the time.... people change lanes before determining if the traffic coming from behind is traveliing at a higher rate of speed than they are. They only look to see if the area next to them is clear. Look beofre your move people, and USE YOUR TURN SIGNALS BEFORE YOU MAKE YOUR MOVE! It seems when drivers use their turn signals they turn it on while they're moving into the next lane. HRS and County Ordinance requires signaling your intention 100 feet prior to your action.
on July 7,2012 | 07:59AM
allie wrote:
what is with the crazy, aggressive driving out here?
on July 7,2012 | 08:13AM
Nesmith wrote:
Let's pass a law requiring helmets. May not prevent but could help. More and more motorcycle fatalities are occurring. Safety belts are mandatory but not helmets. I don't get it.
on July 7,2012 | 08:32AM
Living_Large wrote:
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on July 7,2012 | 05:30PM
false wrote:
True but wearing a helmet will lessen the impact. Arguing freedom of choice will not help after your head is split open.
on July 7,2012 | 09:44PM
serfboy wrote:
I remember an episode of "ER" where the nurse referred to motorcycles as "donor-cycles". I'm sorry if my pose is morbid and cruel. I don't mean to offend anyone especially when a loved one is suddenly killed. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims of motor vehicle accidents.
on July 7,2012 | 11:39AM
entrkn wrote:
A lot of drivers don't care who they kill when they have no incentive not to. The families of the victims of these crimes should sue the state and counties for criminal negligence and wrongful death for exposing motorcyclists to unnecessary dangers with their long track record of doing nothing to the offending drivers. After the state and the counties pay out three or four hundred million dollars for slacking on this they will begin taking these crimes more seriously...
on July 7,2012 | 02:27PM
Kawipoo wrote:
Handivan drivers are the worst drivers around.
on July 7,2012 | 03:16PM
jtamura69 wrote:
Don't forget bus drivers who go through red lights and speed daily. I guess if drive a government vehicle you can do anything you want. If anyone has a picture of a city bus or Handivan driver getting a ticket from the police, you maybe able to sell it on the internet for big bucks.
on July 7,2012 | 04:58PM
Manapua_Man wrote:
on July 7,2012 | 03:46PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Sounds like another lawsuit against the city will be forthcoming, Handivan driver appears to be at fault.
on July 7,2012 | 08:00PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
The party at fault should be held responsible... involuntary manslaughter charges. It's almost always the case that the guy who causes the accident survives and the innocent person dies.
on July 7,2012 | 08:04PM
inverse wrote:
Not just a few days ago in Wahiawa, a motorcyclist died when he and a van driver going in the opposite direction both tried to beat the same yellow light at an intersection, unfortunately the van driver made a left in front of the motorcyclist and probably did not use his left turn signal as well. In all likelihood for both these accidents, had drivers used their turn signals to indicate their intentions, it could have given a lifesaving clue for these motorcyclist to take evasive action that might have prevented these tragedies. Hawaii is notorious for drivers who NEVER signal lane changes or to make turns at intersections, which are required by law. No one should discount how dangerous it is to NOT use their turn signals, especially to vulnerable motorcyclists. Not using turn signals also causes many accidents between cars as well. Maybe it is time, HPD set up front cameras in their cruisers and when the see a driver NOT using their turn signals when changing lanes or making a turn, they should ticket them. With the onboard video, the driver would have a hard time contesting such a ticket in court as the video would back up the officer in court.
on July 8,2012 | 05:09AM
Dragonman wrote:
Agreed. HPD should ticket drivers who do not use turn signal to communicate their intentions when driving. It will save lives.
on July 8,2012 | 08:31AM
ptofview wrote:
Whenever I read about a fatality, I think how sad and tragic for one to go to work and never come home. My condolences to the family.
on July 8,2012 | 08:04AM
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