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Man killed in Kapolei Parkway motorcycle crash

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 08:17 p.m. HST, Sep 09, 2012

A 45-year-old man died this afternoon after the motorcycle he was operating collided with an oncoming truck on Kapolei Parkway.

According to police, the motorcycle rider was traveling west on Kapolei Parkway, about two-tenths of a mile before Renton Road, when he apparently lost control of his 2010 Yamaha motorcycle, crossed a grassy median and continued into the path of a 2001 Ford truck traveling in the opposite direction.

The accident occurred around 12:20 p.m.

The motorcyclist, who was wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The driver of the truck was not injured.

Police said speed may have been a factor in the crash.

Alcohol was not a factor for the driver of the truck. It is not known if alcohol may have been a factor for the motorcycle rider.

Police closed traffic in both directions to investigate. West-bound lanes were re-opened around 3:30 p.m.. East-bound lanes were re-opened about an hour later.

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sukebesan wrote:
Was the tree located in the middle of the road? Typical reaction/decision from our arrogant county police force - always closing public roadways to vehicular traffic at thier pleasure.
on September 9,2012 | 03:38PM
kainalu wrote:
I don't understand it. Only in Hawaii does it require the complete closing of roadways to "investigate" an accident. I watched an on-line feed of a fatal accident on the freeway near Las Vegas, and the Highway Patrol only closed a couple of the lanes, not the entire freeway. At least try to keep a lane open,
on September 9,2012 | 03:48PM
poidragon wrote:
One reason is that the LAPD can afford the latest traffic technologies, to scan and record the scene of the accident, while HPD can barely afford what currently passes as 'used police tech!.'
on September 9,2012 | 04:15PM
localguy wrote:
HPD management is not into technology, newer ways of doing business. Despite overwhelming evidence showing high tech accident investigation tools can reduce down time and increase efficiency, HPD's union will have none of it, not into anything to make their jobs faster and more efficient. Just another reason why the Nei is know around the world as the little 4th world of Hawaii Nei. Separated from the mainland by more then just distance, try decades of technology. This is what we do.
on September 9,2012 | 07:17PM
thanks4reading wrote:
in california, if a Highway parol officer was involved in an accident, the entire freeway had to be closed until a special investigator could be flown in from sacramento. No matter how small the accident. Eventually, they changed the rule......
on September 9,2012 | 04:12PM
localguy wrote:
Pure shibai, never happened. Now way would an entire 4 lane freeway be shut down just for a little fender bender. Too many posting rookies failing to do their due diligence and show references.
on September 9,2012 | 07:19PM
thanks4reading wrote:
It not did happen, but happen twice in a short period of time. Once in redwood city california. They routed north bound traffic up to el camino until the state inspector could land by helicopter. The incident caused the legislature to change the law in the next california session. Front page news in the SFC and SJMN. Since I was caught in the commute traffic at the time (it was in december) I paid great attention to the matter.
on September 9,2012 | 08:26PM
mauiray wrote:
See it from the victim's point of view and you will see it differently.
on September 9,2012 | 05:07PM
aomohoa wrote:
Thank heaven the "victim" didn't kill anyone else. On the news they said he was weaving in and out of traffic at high speeds.
on September 9,2012 | 05:36PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Yeah, I heard that too.
on September 10,2012 | 09:13AM
inverse wrote:
Unfortunately, as many times before, the SA article is incomplete. Check out the TV onlines news stories regarding this crash and an HPD police lieutenant was interviewed as saying, from eyewitnesses, this motorcyclist was weaving in and out of traffic at high speed and then lost control. It would have been clear to the the investigators after just a few minutes of the interview of eyewitness, exactly what happened and how this male was a "victim" of his own reckless driving. At that point what wouuld HPD investigators gain by leaving the roadway closed for 3 hours? Identify then take eyewitness interviews, take pictures/videos, use GPS handheld device to quickly determine precise locations via GPS coordinate for debris, body, etc and then go back to the station to calculate distances, etc. A thorough, efficient investigation for should not have taken 3 hours. As others have mentioned there is MUCH room for improvement for HPD accident investigations that would greatly reduce the time freeways/roads are closed and NOT compromise the accident investigation.
on September 10,2012 | 11:14AM
ejkorvette wrote:
After reading all of the Comment below, most are Spot On, I say this: LUCK YOU LIVE HAWAII!!!!!!!
on September 9,2012 | 07:32PM
hikine wrote:
I've seen more motorcycle riders speeding and weaving in and out of traffic lately. They choose the way they drive and thus suffer the consequence that comes with it.
on September 9,2012 | 11:03PM
kona1069 wrote:
What actually killed him was stupidity, not alcohol or speed. They forgot to add that in the article.
on September 10,2012 | 07:02AM
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