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Medical examiner identifies woman who died in Makiki motorcycle-car crash

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 11:37 a.m. HST, Mar 04, 2013

The medical examiner’s office has identified the 32-year-old woman who died Sunday after the motorcycle she was driving struck a car as it turned into a driveway in Makiki as Helen Hites.

She was taken to the hospital following the 1 p.m. collision on Thurston Avenue in "extremely critical condition" where she died.

Police believe the woman was heading east with a group of at least three other motorcyclists. A black Dodge Charger, an off-duty taxicab, was turning into a driveway from the westbound lane.

Police are unsure whether speeding was involved, but said visibility may have been a factor because the motorcyclist was coming up a slight hill.

The driver of the Dodge had minor injuries from broken glass but refused treatment. There was extensive damage to the passenger-side door.

The death was the 13th traffic fatality of the year on Oahu, compared with 16 for the same period last year, police said.

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ponowai wrote:
Godspeed Helen Hites
on March 4,2013 | 08:32AM
entrkn wrote:
So did the car turn into the path of the motorcycle and is Hawaii's cracked system of justice going to do anything meaningful about it?
on March 4,2013 | 09:23AM
fshnpoi wrote:
if visibility may have been a factor for the motorcyclists because she was coming up a slight hill, would it be safe to say that visibility may have been a factor for the motorist too?
on March 4,2013 | 12:11PM
Bigdog_MD wrote:
RIP Helen. I'm an everyday rider and try to ride as defensively as possible, but God knows anything can happen to even the most careful of riders.
on March 4,2013 | 01:16PM
olos73 wrote:
If visibility is a problem coming up this hill, and residents says cars and motorcycles speed, then the DOT should install rumble strips so people slow down.
on March 4,2013 | 01:41PM
sailfish1 wrote:
I don't see any hill in the picture.
on March 4,2013 | 04:44PM
HI85WH1 wrote:
My Deepest condolences to Helen's Family and Friends during their time of great sorrow. Another Motorcylist lost. Thats 3 so far this year. 2 on Oahu were wearing helmets, 1 on the Big Island was not.
on March 4,2013 | 05:55PM
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