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Woman dies after collision on motorcycle in Makiki

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 11:04 p.m. HST, Mar 03, 2013


A woman driving a motorcycle died at the hospital after she hit an off-duty cab turning into a driveway in Makiki this afternoon, police said.

Paramedics took the woman, 32, in "extremely critical condition" to the hospital, where she died.

The 1 p.m. collision happened near 1511 Thurston Ave.

Police believe the woman was riding east in a pack with at least three other motorcyclists. The cab, a black Dodge charger, was turning into a driveway from the westbound lane.

Police are unsure if excessive speed was a factor, but said visibility may have been a factor because the motorcyclist was coming up on a slight hill.

“When you come up, it’s a bit of a blind spot until you hit the crest, and that’s where the car was turning,” said Honolulu Police Department Traffic Division Lt. Robert Towne.

The driver of the vehicle sustained minor injuries from broken glass, but refused treatment at the scene. There was extensive damage to the passenger side door.

That section of Thurston Avenue was closed until 5 p.m.

This was the 13th traffic fatality of the year, compared to 16 for the same period last year, police said.







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livinginhawaii wrote:
We've had packs of motorcyclists speeding with their illegal mufflers on this street all morning long. No wonder its been quiet this afternoon.
on March 3,2013 | 05:14PM
Eradication wrote:
Loud pipes save lives!!! Looks like this woman was riding a rice rocket though.
on March 3,2013 | 06:17PM
Anonymous wrote:
That's why I drive around with a string of firecrackers constantly going off as I drive my car. Even though I'm being incredibly selfish about my safety, I feel safe because nobody can miss me!
on March 3,2013 | 08:42PM
XML808 wrote:
Well said! I suppose they won't object to a mandatory helmet law, since they want to be safe on the road.
on March 4,2013 | 04:13AM
Numilalocal wrote:
The cab violated her right-of-way: vehicles turning are supposed to yield to vehicles coming from the opposite direction. Another death due to lack of driving education and skills...
on March 3,2013 | 05:15PM
tiki886 wrote:
If she wasn't speeding she would have had time to stop before plowing into his passenger side door. She's wrong and she's dead.
on March 3,2013 | 06:32PM
patk wrote:
Speed limit on Thurston is 25mph. Biker's were cresting a slight hill. If she was going speed limit she would have had NO problem stopping in time, or at the very least a very minor collision. Speed kills. Driver had no chance to see them coming and no chance to react to speed. Innocent, case closed.
on March 4,2013 | 12:58AM
luv2play wrote:
what if he didn't see her?
on March 4,2013 | 08:53AM
squeaky_weal wrote:
Drivers who turn across the path of another vehicle are the cause of a major number of cycle and scooter injuries and deaths. Vehicular manslaughter should be automatic, never is though.
on March 3,2013 | 05:23PM
tiki886 wrote:
If she wasn't speeding she would have had time to stop before plowing into his passenger side door. She's wrong and she's dead.
on March 3,2013 | 06:33PM
Thegame wrote:
Police are unaware if she was speeding. If she wasn't speedning....was it her fault??
on March 3,2013 | 07:36PM
patk wrote:
Speed limit on Thurston is 25mph. Biker's were cresting a slight hill. If she was going speed limit she would have had NO problem stopping in time, or at the very least a very minor collision. Speed kills. Driver had no chance to see them coming and no chance to react to speed. Innocent, case closed.
on March 4,2013 | 12:58AM
Thegame wrote:
I go on the road fairly often and I don't seen anyone going 25mph or even close to that.....and if you knew anything about riding a motorcycle you would know that there is no such thing as a minor collision. I'm not saying she was not speeding but nobody is addressing the reckless nature of cab drivers on this island.
on March 4,2013 | 05:37AM
MrsCD wrote:
Well from my experience women riders dont ride well. She must have been speeding leading the way. Others in her group stopped before piling in her. Funny croch rocket bike club name "ride honolulu" she literally was riding honolulu on her face. Tragic but lesson learned SLOW DOWN UNEXPERIENCE Riders!
on March 3,2013 | 11:42PM
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