Medical examiner identifies woman who died in Makiki motorcycle-car crash
By Star-Advertiser staff
POSTED: 08:48 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.Click here to download our mobile app for your iOS and Android device.