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Medical examiner ID's woman killed in motorcycle crash

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 1:14 a.m. HST, Jul 8, 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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