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2 mo-peds collide, critically injuring one rider; the other flees

Police have reopened Keeaumoku Street between Young and King

By Star-Advertiser staff


A man was in critical condition Wednesday night after his mo-ped collided with a second mo-ped whose rider then fled on Keeaumoku Street, police said.

Police were looking for the second mo-ped driver who was described as a man in his 30s or 40s on a white mo-ped. 

Honolulu police Lt. Robert Towne said witnesses told investigators that the two men were riding abreast in the makai-bound, far right lane just before King Street when the victim wobbled and struck the other mo-ped before crashing at about 7 p.m. 

The victim, a 52-year-old Kaneohe man, wasn't wearing a helmet and went to the hospital in critical condition with head injuries, Towne said.

The second driver briefly stopped at the King Street intersection and looked back before fleeing down Keeaumoku. Police opened a failure to render aid case. 

It's not known if speed, alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call the Traffic Division at 529-3499.

Police closed the makai-bound lanes of Keeaumoku between Young and King streets to investigate the crash. They reopened just after 9 p.m.

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bleedgreen wrote:
KHNL reports the two mo-peds were weaving in and out of traffic.
on July 26,2012 | 01:15AM
Anonymous wrote:
time for police to crack down on illegally modified mopeds. Time for lawmakers to require head protection on all bicycles / and powered cycles...
on July 26,2012 | 06:25AM
Big C wrote:
Curious, when is the HPD (or maybe Hawaii 5-0) going to start enforcing the laws regarding Moped usage. Tandem, driver's license, maximum speed for moped, etc. It is getting pretty bad out there.
on July 26,2012 | 05:26AM
pgkemp wrote:
i wish they would enforce it like using a cell phone when driving. there is no enforcement period. see tandems on mopeds, fixed up noisy mufflers, and don't give a darn in and out driving......
on July 26,2012 | 06:24AM
jusmetwocents wrote:
I don't know... They seem to be doing a pretty good job of killing themselves off without the help of law enforcement. You ride hard, you die hard. Pretty simplistic but very true!
on July 26,2012 | 12:56PM
Manapua_Man wrote:
on July 26,2012 | 06:16AM
loquaciousone wrote:
It's time to start regulating mopeds as a motor vehicle rather than a bicycle. Some modified "mopeds" are capable of reaching speeds in excess of 60 mph. More likely than not the other rider fled the scene because he was on a moped of questionable ownership.
on July 26,2012 | 06:53AM
busthalfnut wrote:
Guy must be a real winner to leave his body in critical condition and ride away.
on July 26,2012 | 07:58AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Yea a real weiner.,,,
on July 26,2012 | 08:31AM
saveparadise wrote:
Who pays the medical expenses if these clowns have no coverage? Moped riders are not required to be licensed or insured. I've seen one going down the Pali at 70 mph! Suicide, but hey it's your life.
on July 26,2012 | 08:45AM
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