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1 dead in moped accident near Makapuu Lighthouse

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:26 a.m. HST, Jun 03, 2013

A moped rider was declared dead Sunday after he crossed the centerline of Kalanianaole Highway near Makapuu Lighthouse and collided head-on with a motorcycle, police said.

The motorcyclist, a member of the military, 31, was taken to the Queen’s Medical Center in critical condition. His passenger, a 40-year-old female tourist, was taken to Queen’s in serious condition.

She was the only one wearing a helmet, said police.

The crash happened as the rented moped was traveling downhill toward Hawaii Kai where the roadway curves to the right, police said. The motorcycle, a 2011 Harley-Davidson, was coming from the other direction.

Police said the moped rider, a 36-year-old tourist, might have been speeding.

It was not immediately known if alcohol was a factor.

The crash occurred at 11:55 a.m. about a quarter-mile south of the Ka Iwi Trail, also known as the Makapuu Lighthouse Trail.

Police closed the road between Kealahou Street and the Makapuu Lighthouse to investigate. The road reopened shortly before 4 p.m.

This was the 31st traffic fatality on Oahu’s roadways so far this year, compared to 24 for the same period last year.

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false wrote:
Mopeds should be banned. They are too risky for tourist riding.
on June 2,2013 | 06:43PM
1local wrote:
seatbelts required or back seat passengers in vehicles - no helmets required for motorcycle, moped or bicycle operators... Clayton Hee get your priorities straight...
on June 2,2013 | 08:40PM
Morimoto wrote:
Actually while I think mopeds are inherently dangerous, even more so than motorcycles, speeding on one is an act of stupidy that no law will fix.
on June 3,2013 | 09:10AM
Wazdat wrote:
its time again to BAN MOPED RENTALS....Its very DANGEROUS and NOT WISE to keep promoting this form of transportation. HOW MANY HAVE DIED ????
on June 2,2013 | 08:48PM
kuhioprince wrote:
Rented moped probably means inexperienced rider. Go down to around Lemon and Paoakalani and watch as the novices try to figure out how to control their mopeds. I've seen them crash into parked cars in that area.
on June 2,2013 | 10:05PM
clum56 wrote:
I have seen tourist on their rented Mopeds in Waikiki. As crowded as that all the streets are with the daily traffic, those who rent these Mopeds have a HELL!!!!!
on June 3,2013 | 02:40AM
allie wrote:
agree...these mo-peds are flimsy, noisy and very dangerous
on June 3,2013 | 06:34AM
eros_et_logia wrote:
Banning mopeds for tourists is a stupid idea. I mean, after mopeds we might as well look into banning alcohol, which causes far more criminal or careless activity than mopeds. This is a big city and unfortunately things like this happen.
on June 3,2013 | 12:16AM
clum56 wrote:
I agree, the tourist who rent these inexpensive SLOW MOVING Mopeds should have to show proof that they are able to handle them before leaving the rental lots in Waikiki. Those who rent them also do not abide by motor vehicle/bike laws.
on June 3,2013 | 02:48AM
allie wrote:
agree..they are death traps.
on June 3,2013 | 06:35AM
loquaciousone wrote:
When are they going to start regulating mopeds as a motor vehicle and not a bicycle? Don't they have a motor?
on June 3,2013 | 06:52AM
cojef wrote:
Mo-Peds should be restricted to city street whose speed limits do not exceed 35 miles per hour. Simply, Mo-Peds are not suitable for freeway speeds, let alone their size conducive visibility on freeways. It's bad enough that accidents do occur on city streets with regularity, but when it occurs on freeways, in most instances result in a fatality.
on June 3,2013 | 08:38AM
loquaciousone wrote:
This was not on the freeway. As a bike enthusiast I am well aware of this hill coming down from the Makapuu lookout. On a bicycle you can get up to speeds of 50 mph plus going down that hill. I am referring to the bicycle registration that is the only requirement to get a moped registered. Current technology can make a moped go over 60 mph on a flat road. It's time to start regulating mopeds as a motor scooter and require an operators license, registration and insurance.
on June 3,2013 | 09:36AM
screaming_banshee wrote:
Motor Scooters are classified as motorcycles - anything over 50cc. So trying to classify them as motor scooters is the same as getting them classified as motorcycles. With many motor scooters in the 400-1000cc catagories now, its best left in the motorcycle catagory. The best thing to do is to classify mopeds as their own catagory. This will make it easier to regulate it.
on June 5,2013 | 10:11AM
Morimoto wrote:
Wow, real smart, speeding on a moped on a road that you aren't familiar with. I have no sympathy for these idiots, it's Darwinism at work here.
on June 3,2013 | 09:12AM
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