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Mo-ped driver who died after falling off cliff is identified

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 07:15 a.m. HST, Jul 14, 2012

  Police closed Kalanianaole Highway near Lanai Lookout on Wednesday to investigate an accident in which a mo-ped rider struck a guardrail and was thrown over the cliff onto a rocky shelf below. Officers loaded the victim's mo-ped into a police car, above. At left, Honolulu Police Lt. Bobby Towne of the traffic division looked over the cliff at the site where the driver fell.

The Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office identified the mo-ped driver who died Wednesday after falling down a cliff near Lanai Lookout as David Suzuki-Ung of Honolulu.

Suzuki-Ung, 52, died of head injuries from the mo-ped crash and the fall, the Examiner’s Office said Friday.

Police said Suzuki-Ung was heading toward town on Kalanianaole Highway about 2 p.m. Wednesday when he lost control and veered into a guardrail just before Lanai Lookout. He was thrown and fell about 100 feet down the side of the cliff.

Police say Suzuki-Ung, who was not wearing a helmet, may have been speeding.

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allie wrote:
Please slow down out there. Our roads seem lawless
on July 14,2012 | 08:03AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Many want to travel 50MPH, 55MPH, and 60MPH on our freeways. Not to make Dave's passing as a lesson, however, maybe it really is a lesson. If Dave had a car, even an older car, he would have been using his car to go holoholo. Maybe he had a suspended driver's license? If so, then he may have had the gumption of going joy riding. No joy riding on Kalani'ana'ole Highway, please, especially between Hana'uma Bay and Sandy Beach.
on July 14,2012 | 12:13PM
cojef wrote:
Another case of what if, he was wearing a helmet. Sad for someone so young to go the way he did.
on July 14,2012 | 08:03AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Well he was not that young, still young enough I guess to get to a place that TheBus would have helped him to reach, instead of heaven.
on July 14,2012 | 12:10PM
mustangguru wrote:
Wearing a helmet will not help you if you go over a cliff.
on July 14,2012 | 08:19AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Could have helped with the most important body organ, the brain.
on July 14,2012 | 12:09PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Dave, condolences to u and ur family. Dave, u had to have been speeding. The speed limit there is 35 MPH and it goes lower when u go around a curve. Also, one needs to be extra careful because there are virtually no safety zones there. There is the rock wall on the mauka side and there are the rock cliffs down on the makai side. The center lane medial rumble strip helps.

A moped, if I am not mistakened can only go up to say 40MPH, so Dave was going at his maximum speed. Another factor one needs to be aware of it that around a bend, there could be a line of cars completely slowed down at say 10 MPH, as they wait for a bicyclist going up the steep slope of Kalani'ana'ole Highway.

Two of my You Tube vidoes show why one needs to be careful driving in town, especially with a Moped, and even with a Motorcycle, and definitely even with an Automobile: 1) Rude Moped Operator and 2) Bicycle slow moving uphill causing Traffic Congestion

on July 14,2012 | 12:01PM
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