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Man dies at hospital after Manoa moped crash

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 06:32 p.m. HST, Jul 14, 2013

A 54-year-old man died at the hospital after crashing his moped into a telephone pole in Manoa this morning, Honolulu police said.

Police said the man was headed downhill on Woodlawn Drive near Alani Drive around 7:06 a.m. when he lost control of the 2005 white moped he was driving

He suffered “massive head injuries” and was transported in extremely critical condition to Queens Medical Center, where he later died, officials said.

Police said the man was not wearing a helmet, and that no other vehicles or occupants appear to have been involved in the crash.

It has not yet been determined whether alcohol, drugs, or speed were factors in the crash.

Police closed Woodlawn Drive between Waipuna Rise and Alani Drive until about 9 a.m. as Traffic Division officers investigated the scene of the accident.

The man is the 36th traffic fatality on Oahu in 2013, compared to 32 traffic fatalities at this time in 2012.

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Too_Much_Pilikia wrote:
An increasing number of moped accidents/fatalities in Hawaii. The way these idiots zip and weave through traffic, speeding with their loud mufflers on our residential roads, racing each other for fun ,etc. its no wonder there are more accidents involving mopeds. I typically see much younger riders and druggie looking dudes on mopeds these days. It's time to enact more stringent guidelines for operating this death trap on two wheels especially when the riders behave like irresponsible punks.
on July 14,2013 | 09:38AM
XML808 wrote:
You cannot legislate intelligence. Darwin awards will eventually thin the herd.
on July 14,2013 | 09:43AM
nitpikker wrote:
yeah, the law of natural selection at work. weeding out the feeble and dumb.
on July 14,2013 | 12:15PM
foursun wrote:
not necessarily, some of the dumbest people on earth are afraid of everything...an example of which is allie.
on July 14,2013 | 04:42PM
allie wrote:
agree..very dangerous
on July 14,2013 | 12:03PM
RichardCory wrote:
Are you upset? Why don't you tell me about how upset you are?
on July 14,2013 | 12:22PM
Graham wrote:
If the City Council and Mayor can pass laws to prohibit Smoking on beaches, etc...how about passing a law to BAN MOPEDS....
on July 14,2013 | 09:41AM
aomohoa wrote:
They should at least require a license to ride one. It looks easy but people lose control easily or panic.
on July 14,2013 | 12:52PM
babyb_19 wrote:
You are required to have a driver's license to operate a moped.
on July 14,2013 | 09:29PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Required to have common sense?
on July 15,2013 | 03:18AM
allie wrote:
RIP and may God be with the family.
on July 14,2013 | 12:03PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Don't bring that noisy moped to heaven.
on July 14,2013 | 02:42PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Was this the white moped that regularly speeds down Woodlawn with the illegal muffler and illegal adjustment that makes it go above 35 mph?
on July 14,2013 | 12:09PM
allie wrote:
HPD does nothing at all to deal with illegal speeding or loud noise.
on July 14,2013 | 02:33PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Speaking from experience, it takes only a wet road to lose control of a moped going over 30 mph.
on July 14,2013 | 12:30PM
Anonymous wrote:
Yup. Especially when making a turn and you just so happen to drive over the wet man hole covers. Front end slides out and you're folding the moped with a car just behind. Scary stuff.
on July 14,2013 | 04:41PM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
Steel plates on ala moana, wet or dry, watch out.
on July 14,2013 | 10:09PM
mikethenovice wrote:
If I say this is good news, I will get a very bad response.
on July 14,2013 | 02:44PM
AmbienDaze wrote:
you're no novice. you're very experienced.
on July 14,2013 | 02:49PM
mikethenovice wrote:
How many moped fatalities on O'ahu this year so far?
on July 15,2013 | 03:17AM
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