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Motorcyclist dies after crashing into H-3 guardrail

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 08:23 a.m. HST, Apr 29, 2013

The medical examiner’s office will perform an autopsy on the body of a 23-year-old man who was killed Sunday when the motorcycle he was driving slammed into a guardrail on the H-3 freeway.

Police said the accident occurred at 12:05 p.m. about 800 yards east of the Kamehameha Highway overpass.

A witness said the victim, driving a 2011 Suzuki motorcycle, was speeding with a second motorcycle when he lost control and hit the guardrail. The second motorcyclist did not stop to render aid, police said. Both motorcyclists were heading east on the freeway.

Police closed all east bound lanes of the H3 for about three hours.

This was Oahu’s 24th traffic death, compared to 21 at the same time a year ago.

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livepono wrote:
If that's the dead biker in the photo, it is in extremely poor taste for SA to have used the picture.
on April 28,2013 | 07:23PM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
i think we're looking at the bike. mid right section?
on April 29,2013 | 12:09AM
inverse wrote:
Appears the body is on the left of the picture with 2 officers and a tech person facing the body and the only thing showing is part of the tarp covering the body.
on April 29,2013 | 09:31AM
Anonymous wrote:
Another dummy trying to defy the laws of physics. Hope he recovers soon so he can make noise again.
on April 28,2013 | 10:16PM
Kawipoo wrote:
What? Don't you read he is dead. If he recovers he is defying the laws of physics.
on April 29,2013 | 06:01AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Have some empathy, mike. Besides, throughout man's history, hundreds of millions of people have defied that law of riding motorcycles. How about bicycles? Scooters? Mopeds?
on April 29,2013 | 06:08AM
olos73 wrote:
Other reports said witnesses saw 2 motorcycles speeding. One rider crashed, the other didn't stop to help. Hope they catch him, and charge him for not rendering aid. I highly doubt it, but... My ALOHA to this person's ohana.
on April 29,2013 | 08:20AM
inverse wrote:
The two riders might not know each other and possibly both were racing, with one crashing. In that case, I doubt the other motorcyclist would stop and render aid or check the condition of the crashed rider. Just guessing but a rider on a late model sportbike can easily reach 90-100mph on the straights of H3 however in the turns you cannot carry that kind of speed unless you have the skills of a motoGP or Superbike rider and a bike to match. Just from the picture of the body on the left and the motorcycle on the right with a right hand bend, looks like the guy was trying to overtake the other rider and lost sight of the right hand bend, possibly hitting the left side guard rail while his bike after bouncing of the left hand guard rail, eventually resting on the right hand side. H3 feeds in the Kaneohe Marine base so until more info is released might be a military personnel stationed at the base. Like the drownings on Kauai by visitors, it is time again for the military to do a public service campaign again on the dangers of their military personnel riding motorcycles dangerously on the street of Oahu. Of course it is not only military riders but at least it is someplace to start.
on April 29,2013 | 09:45AM
olos73 wrote:
Agree with you. Although not all the blame can be on Military bikers, when I worked in airport area, motorcycles coming to and from Hickam/Pearl Harbor sped all the time on Nimitz, and H1. Even though they may or may not know each other, the other rider should have a conscience. If HE crashed, I would think he would want someone to render aid. I guess some people JUST DON'T CARE. Just thinking of himself...When he get BACHI, he going learn.
on April 29,2013 | 11:01AM
lee1957 wrote:
Jumping to conclusions? Look before you leap.
on April 29,2013 | 11:52AM
inverse wrote:
Yes, I don't know if the killed rider was in the military but pretty confident in the way the crash occurred. This is nothing new. Young 20 something year olds riding sport bikes (can tell from the picture) die on Oahu's roads due to reckless and/or inexperienced riding is nothing new and occurs on a somewhat regular basis. However there have been some exception like a 30 something old female with a kid at home getting killed on a side street in Makiki, possibly trying to pull a wheelie on a road with many driveways, or the 40 plus year old male with only a few months riding experience, who killed himself while exiting a freeway offramp in W Oahu on a clear day with completely dry and smooth road. In that case seems he might have exited the freeway a little "hot" and instead of quickly scrubbing off as much speed without losing control and then looking ahead and getting his sport bike to use its lean capabilities, he probably target fixated to the side of the curb which he crashed into. My point in all of this is like the many visitors drowning on Kauai's beaches, someone, whether it is the military command or some local riders association need to be proactive and start another ride safe campaign which was done by the military about a decade ago.
on April 29,2013 | 01:59PM
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