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Girl dies in Likelike accident

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:43 p.m. HST, Mar 20, 2014

A 16-year-old girl died Thursday after a scooter crash on the Likelike Highway onramp to the H-3 freeway, police said.

Police said the teen lost control of the green Vespa scooter she was driving, hit a guardrail and was taken in critical condition to the Queen's Medical Center, where she later died, police said.

Honolulu police closed the Likelike Highway onramp to the H-3 freeway in the town-bound direction after the accident and reopened the lanes before 11 a.m.

The crash happened about 8:35 a.m., police said.

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paniolo wrote:
I'm confused. Isn't mopeds prohibited on freeways? And, 16-year-old with motorcycle license? I hope she recovers fully from her injuries. SA please update the story.
on March 20,2014 | 10:28AM
PMINZ wrote:
A 14 year old can drive a moped even with a restricted License (AKA learners permit) About the "Freeway" yes NO No for a Moped. But not Like Like Hwy. Sorry But she has Not survived.
on March 20,2014 | 11:16AM
fumio50 wrote:
A juvenile needs to be 15 years and 6 months old to even APPLY for a Learner's Permit. Then they're required to hold the permit for 180 days (6 months), at which time they are required to take a Driver's Education class before signing up for a Road Test......Since when can a 14-year-old operate a moped? A 14-year-old cannot even get a Learner's Permit in Hawaii.......Unreal.
on March 20,2014 | 11:36AM
PMINZ wrote:
Hmm I am now up dated, I was going on Old information from the 1970s &1980s when I was a State Safety Inspector, I never updated my info, Thanks for the current correction. I was an Inspector for a little over 20 years.
on March 20,2014 | 12:42PM
Anonymous wrote:
She was driving a scooter, not a moped. Though many people use the terms interchangeably, there is a difference. Essentially, scooters are more powerful, require licenses and are allowed on freeways whereas mopeds don't requires licenses and are prohibited from driving on freeways.
on March 20,2014 | 02:05PM
serious wrote:
Does it matter? 47 states have mandatory helmet laws--once again Hawaii leads the nation in stupidity. Why can't the legislature pass a helmet law? It should be a slam dunk. How many times a week do we see these situations??? It's a suicide out there, people will not protect themselves so let law enforcement do it!!!
on March 20,2014 | 04:19PM
RKC808 wrote:
The Helmet Mandatory Law debate will always be brought up every year in No Helmet Required States. For me, it's my choice to wear a helmet while riding. Will doing that save my life? Maybe yes. Maybe no. It depends on the type of accident. I have been riding for over 30 years but that means nothing if a driver is texting, in a rush, drunk, on drugs or just plain not paying attention. The motorcycle community have a saying. Let those who ride decide. When the Man above is ready for you, It will not matter if you are wearing a helmet or a bikini, you're going to go.
on March 20,2014 | 04:57PM
sailfish1 wrote:
I have never seen a scooter on the freeways. Are you sure it's legal?
on March 20,2014 | 06:15PM
paniolo wrote:
@Anonymous, the first story that came out, she was in critical condition. EMS reported she was riding either a moped or motorcycle. Other media sites said the same thing. There was no mention of SCOOTER. My comments were according to the first story as you can see I was the first to post. During the course of the day, the SA updated the story, where now it said she died. That's the story you probably read. And, there was no photo of the scooter. So far, the story didn't mention that her father was riding behind her. Probably later on, they'll "update" this story again.
on March 20,2014 | 07:27PM
bleedgreen wrote:
"A 16-year-old girl died Thursday after a scooter crash...."
on March 20,2014 | 06:18PM
ryan02 wrote:
That on-ramp has a low speed limit (25 mph) because of a sharp turn at the top. I suspect the rider was also speeding and/or not wearing a helmet.
on March 20,2014 | 01:13PM
PMINZ wrote:
Just saw a Photo from the rear of the Vehicle and it is not a Moped but a Scooter with a License plate and s Safety Sticker
on March 20,2014 | 01:37PM
Anonymous wrote:
DOT certified helmets are drop tested at 13mph. Will they protect at higher speeds? Yes, but I doubt not by very much. They do more by to protect against abrasions than protect against internal injuries.
on March 20,2014 | 04:18PM
lmoore wrote:
OMG! That's the one I saw pass me on Kahekili just before we turned on Likelike to get on H-3. I remember thinking she was going kind of fast on a moped. It looked like she was either trying to keep up with or pass a motorcycle.
on March 20,2014 | 01:18PM
paniolo wrote:
Other reports said she was riding in front of her father. Maybe that was the person you saw on the motorcycle. My deepest ALOHA to her ohana.
on March 20,2014 | 02:00PM
ponowai wrote:
Very sad. That is a dangerous curve, if taken too fast. Additional signs or something should be used to get people to slow down.
on March 20,2014 | 03:28PM
ryan02 wrote:
It has a low speed limit. If people are going to ignore the speed limit, there's not much signs can do about that.
on March 20,2014 | 03:40PM
cojef wrote:
It's dangerous enough to drive on a freeway even in a 4 wheeled auto with seat belts . Motor scooters and motor cycles are not equipped with seat belts so, if an accident should occur at freeway speeds, the rider is usually propelled forward over the handle bars like a projectile resulting in most cases with head injuries and or broken neck. At least in an auto, one has the protection of seat belt and the vehicle's body for protection. The human species unfortunately is not designed with thick body armor like a rhino or croc.
on March 20,2014 | 03:51PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
so young to die, rip young one.
on March 20,2014 | 05:48PM
50skane wrote:
Motor scooters come under the same registration and licensing as a motorcycles because of their much higher horsepower compared to mopeds. They can be driven on the freeway since they can normally cruise at a top speed of 60 mph.
on March 20,2014 | 06:09PM
Anonymous wrote:
16-years old is so young. Deepest, deepest condolences to her family and friends. Especially her young friends who are probably struggling with this so much.
on March 20,2014 | 06:48PM
localguy wrote:
How many times during the day have you driven on the Likelike, Kaneohe bound, enter the Wilson tunnel, suddenly find slow moving scooters in your lane? Or those real small battery cars? Way too many times for me.
on March 21,2014 | 07:39AM
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