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Teenager killed in Kalihi Valley moped crash is identified

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 08:04 p.m. HST, Jan 27, 2013

The Medical Examiner’s Office identified the 17-year-old boy who died after a moped crash in Kalihi Valley Saturday night as Francisco Hufana of Honolulu.

Paramedics took Hufana to the hospital in extremely critical condition after his moped collided with a car at the intersection of Kalihi and Machado Streets at 11:24 p.m., officials said. 

Police said the teenager was headed mauka when an automobile driven by a Honolulu man crossed the path of the moped while turning onto Kalihi Street from Machado street.

Police said speed and alcohol were not factors in the crash for the automobile driver, who was not injured. Two passengers in the vehicle received minor injuries and were treated at the scene.

It's not known yet if speed or alcohol were factors in the crash for Hufana. The teenager was not wearing a helmet, police said.

Police closed Kalihi Street in both directions between Nobriga and Kamohoalii streets for several hours while traffic division officers investigated the scene.

The crash is the seventh fatality on Oahu this year, compared to 4 at the same time last year.


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1local wrote:
helmets and protective eyewear and clothing should be required of all two wheeled cycles - including bicycles.
on January 27,2013 | 07:52AM
soshaljustic wrote:
Moped drivers need to be aware as pedestrians and make sure the driver sees the moped, especially when crossing the path and headed in the opposing direction. Does not say anything about pavement conditions and speed. So many times mopeds speed up and down Kalihi. On slick pavement there is no time to maneuver or stop if the driver does not see the moped. Either way, all auto drivers need to be aware of the bikes and moped drivers on Kalihi St. Essential around the 'S' curve where the county no like fix anything!
on January 27,2013 | 08:31AM
Pocho wrote:
you know it's the moped operator that should be aware of his surroundings. Mopeders don't rule the streets, in fact no vehicle or pedestrian does. People got to be aware of the surroundings, getting tired of blaming other parties for the mistakes done by violators
on January 27,2013 | 01:38PM
niimi wrote:
My relatives kept a tally in Kalihi, and over a month's time between 6:00 PM and 6:00 AM they would head a speeding moped, revving the motor about 17 times a night. Groups of up to 6 riders make it really loud. Each night you can see at least one riding doing a wheelie on the road fronting their place. Half the the riders are shirtless and overwhelmingly riders have no helmet on. One of the wheelie riders died in 2008 around the Kuakini area. Doing a wheelie he could not see the vehicle crossing in front and he was speeding. He was shirtless and without a helmet. He didn't live. It was late at night. The recklessness is what really puts everyone at risk.
on January 27,2013 | 10:32AM
Pocho wrote:
one less noise maker for you Kalihians.
on January 27,2013 | 01:30PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
It did say speed was not a factor.......also for all you haters, I believe Kalihi Street has the right of way over Machado Street. So this moped did have the right of way.....more like another vehicle inattention.
on January 27,2013 | 02:46PM
Pocho wrote:
It reads speed and alcohol not factors with the Automobile driver. The moped rider still in queston if speed/alcohol was a factor in the crash. It also states the auto driver crossed into the path of the moped driver. But it's still up in the air if the moped driver was speeding and/or intoxicated. just because the moped had a right of way doesn't mean it was the auto driver's fault completely. There's a lot of questions that needs to answered. Moped speeding and/or on drugs and watnots
on January 27,2013 | 03:59PM
pakeheat wrote:
You are correct NB, Kalihi Street has the right of way, one might think is the driver of the car did not see him coming and just made the turn because you normally would see any moped or vehicle on Kalihi Street if the lights were on.
on January 27,2013 | 05:48PM
Pocho wrote:
get pleeny supped up mopeds on the road. Some can even go 40mph if I'm not mistaken.
on January 27,2013 | 06:40PM
whs1966 wrote:
Are there any licensing requirements for mopeds? I ask because so many moped drivers drive them as though no rules apply. Many of them dash across and through traffic, ride on sidewalks, operate without lights, drive between lanes of vehicles, run red lights and in general dive irresponsibly. It's a miracle more of them don't get injured and killed.
on January 27,2013 | 11:40AM
Pocho wrote:
HPD can't be everywhere everytime.
on January 27,2013 | 01:35PM
Wazdat wrote:
on January 27,2013 | 04:28PM
amela wrote:
Maybe the people who's houses these numb nuts pass by at night should call the police or put rocks on the street.
on January 27,2013 | 12:12PM
Pocho wrote:
now, it has to be good size rocks. Just make sure absolutely no one sees you placing then rocks on the roadways. If a moped rider gets injuted or dies and you own a house these lowly figures will own your house
on January 27,2013 | 01:34PM
Big C wrote:
NOT sure if it is the Law or just a HPD rule. •A moped driver must have a valid driver's license. •A moped driver must be at least 15 years of age (18 years with out-of-state license). •Parents or guardians are responsible for violations, misconduct, and negligence of minor moped drivers. •Traffic laws apply to persons driving mopeds except where special rules apply. •A moped must not be driven on a freeway or interstate highway. •No passenger may be carried on a moped. •Mopeds may not be driven on a sidewalk, a sidewalk area, or any other place intended for the exclusive use by pedestrians. •A moped must be driven as near to the right edge of the roadway as is practicable. •A moped must not be driven at a speed greater than 35 miles per hour. On a level surface a moped must not be capable of going faster than 30 miles per hour. •Mopeds must be driven in single file. •Mopeds must use bicycle lanes where provided on a roadway. •Mopeds may use bicycle paths except where prohibited by signs. •A moped driver must ride astride the seat with one leg on each side of the moped. •A moped must not be driven when attached to a vehicle or other transportation device. http://www.honolulupd.org/information/index.php?page=moped_safety Is there any enforcement of the LAW! May not necessarly pertain to Hufana's situation, but there are definitely MANY moped riders that constantly violate these rules!
on January 27,2013 | 01:15PM
Pocho wrote:
The Govenment or State or C&C can make all these laws, regulations, rules, etc. but can't enforce them. It's a given
on January 27,2013 | 01:32PM
Randz808 wrote:
Why is there alcohol for an offering ?
on January 27,2013 | 02:41PM
mrluke wrote:
Some kind of convoluted tradition at fatalities for teenagers.
on January 27,2013 | 03:00PM
mrluke wrote:
Kinda represents the mentality of his friends.
on January 27,2013 | 03:01PM
kennysmith wrote:
i never did here that you need to ware a helmet?, where and when they make it LAW to have it on?.
on January 27,2013 | 03:28PM
Wazdat wrote:
so SAD. Why no license, Insurance or helmets required ???? They have tougher laws for bike riders.
on January 27,2013 | 04:27PM
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