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Man crashes into car in latest moped accident

5 people hospitalized in 2 days in separate incidents

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 11:16 p.m. HST, Aug 10, 2013

A man on a moped, traveling at "high speed," struck a car head-on in Ewa Beach Saturday night, according to an Emergency Medical Services report. The accident was the fifth serious moped crash in two days.

The accident happened on Hanakahi Street, just after 10 p.m.

The 31-year-old moped driver was in serious condition when paramedics took him to the hospital.

Early Saturday morning, a 24-year-old woman was critically injured when she apparently lost control of her moped and crashed in Aiea.

The moped crash happened on Honomanu Street and Kamehameha Highway in Aiea at about 1:07 a.m., an EMS official said.

Three other people were seriously injured in separate moped accidents in Kaimuki, Waimanalo and Waikiki Friday night.

A 22-year-old man driving a moped crashed into an “unknown stationary object” on 10th Avenue at about 8:25 p.m. according to an Emergency Medical Services report.

Paramedics took the man, who was not wearing a helmet, to a local trauma center in serious condition.

At about 9:09 p.m. paramedics took a 24-year-old woman to the hospital in serious condition after a reported moped accident near Bellows Air Force Station in Waimanalo.

A 50-year-old man was injured in another moped accident at about 9:40 p.m. near  the intersection of Ala Wai  Blvd. and Ainakea Way in Waikiki. Paramedics took him to the hospital  in serious condition.

The man was not wearing a helmet, according to EMS.

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on August 10,2013 | 11:37PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
No. It's time to place more stringent safety regulations on operating mopeds. It's been too lax on operating mopeds.
on August 10,2013 | 11:49PM
SueH wrote:
You want more regulations?? There are already too many regulations in place that go unenforced, like TWO people riding on a moped, and operating HIGHLY MODIFIED mopeds on the streets with exhausts bored out and other speed enhancing alterations. Police have "bigger fish to fry", so tend to "look the other way" regarding moped enforcement.
on August 12,2013 | 09:10AM
droid wrote:
Time to put a ban on all gasoline-powered motor vehicles.
on August 11,2013 | 01:53AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Mopeds are banning them self every time one of them get into an accident.
on August 11,2013 | 06:19AM
mudsprkt1 wrote:
Stay anonymous............
on August 12,2013 | 06:07AM
serious wrote:
Lots of states have rules on wearing helmets for bikes, motorcycles and mopeds--it's only common sense.
on August 11,2013 | 04:08AM
hanalei395 wrote:
All moped drivers, traveling at high speed, should ASSUME that they WILL get hurt. (At the least).
on August 11,2013 | 06:07AM
mikethenovice wrote:
I didn't know that mopeds were capable of high speed. Must have been downhill?
on August 11,2013 | 06:20AM
BigOpu wrote:
Kids modify these mopeds to get amazing speeds out of these things. Some of the mods are more noise than performance, but still, high speeds are possible.
on August 12,2013 | 09:04AM
mikethenovice wrote:
I wonder if he had a headache from the accident?
on August 11,2013 | 06:19AM
gofigga wrote:
As I have pointed out before, mopeds are really motor scooters. We already have licensing statutes on the books regarding them. In order for a "moped" to be a moped, it's primary source of propelsion must be from a PEDDELING impliment. The things that you rest your feet on that just swing up and down are called pegs, not pedals. and they serve no funtion other than to rest your feet. If we can classify these "mopeds" as motorscooters then they have to be registered, the operators have to be speacially licensed, and required to have safety inspections and insurance. Imagine that, being held responsible for your actions. Go figga!
on August 11,2013 | 06:36AM
Big C wrote:
I agree with you 100%. If they drive like a motorscooter, license and tax them as one. Including safety check.
on August 11,2013 | 07:39AM
syhud wrote:
One less loud irritating traffic nuisance on the road! Keep it up moped riders!
on August 11,2013 | 07:37AM
Big C wrote:
I wonder if the HPD has any statistics on recent moped accidents. How many of the Mopeds were modified to exceed the manufacture's specification, thus increasing the speeds (and noise).
on August 11,2013 | 07:38AM
tsushimama wrote:
Question for the police department that is charged with enforcement. In east Honolulu from University to kokohead, there are numerous moped operators violating the law by packing passengers, exceeding 35 mph, driving in lanes other that the extreme outside or inside lanes, weaving in and out of traffic in an unsafe manner and, in residential areas, winding the engines out creating noise loud enough to set off car alarms as the pass by. Yet only on rare occasions are officers seen issuing citations to these hazardous moped riders. In fact, it is unusual to see officers patrolling the neighborhoods that they are assigned to protect. We do see them gathered at various eating places such as 7-11 and Zippys or in parks, talking story with each other. Would be nice to see them patrolling neighborhoods and talking story with residents.
on August 11,2013 | 05:13PM
kahu808 wrote:
Time to stop using the term "accident" from headlines. Describe it as a crash or collision. If you drive left of center or violate another driver's right of way, it's not an accident. Wearing a helmet wouldn't hurt either.
on August 11,2013 | 09:24PM
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