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Skateboarder killed on Kamehameha Highway in Kaaawa

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:18 p.m. HST, May 18, 2014

A skateboarder was killed on Kamehameha Highway near the Crouching Lion in Kaaawa early Sunday morning.

Police said the 26-year-old Honolulu man was Kahuku-bound on Kamehameha Highway on a skateboard near Keo Place when he veered onto the roadway in the path of a Kahkuku-bound vehicle.

Police appear to have arrested a 24-year old Laie man in connection with the incident. According to police records, a man was arrested in the area of the crash at 1:35 a.m. on suspicion of driving under the influence of an intoxicant and first-degree negligent homicide.

The skateboarder was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said alcohol may be a factor in the accident. Speed is not a factor.

Police closed, then contraflowed the highway as Traffic Division officers investigated the fatal motor vehicle accident that happened at about 12:43 a.m., officials said.

The highway reopened by 4:30 a.m.

Two friends of the victim, including a man who said he was with the victim when he died, returned to the scene of the incident Sunday morning but did not wish to comment.

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palani wrote:
Tragic, but on many afternoon commutes I have witnessed skateboarders in that area cruising Kamehameha without regard to traffic conditions. And in the dark of the early mornings, there are bicyclists riding on the wrong side of the road with no lights, accidents just waiting to happen.
on May 18,2014 | 04:51AM
realist3463 wrote:
Oh, how right you are. There is little to no police enforcement of traffic laws in the Kaaawa area.
on May 18,2014 | 07:32AM
soundofreason wrote:
Gee. Skateboarders can get killed on Highways. Who knew?
on May 18,2014 | 08:12AM
TrueCloud wrote:
There are too many heedless folks in motor vehicles, on bicycles and skateboards, even on foot. The reality is that there are more and more people around. And if one makes poor decisions and/or is in attentive, people get hurt. Or worse.
on May 18,2014 | 12:16PM
mokebla wrote:
Life is about choice's, to late to cry about it. 1:30 am riding skate board on highway, "HELLO!" Last I remember lighting isn't that great there, let alone 1:30am.
on May 18,2014 | 02:47PM
3ocean3000 wrote:
A little respect for the family and friends of this young man would be a lot better than judging him for what he did or didn't do.
on May 18,2014 | 03:09PM
atilter wrote:
let the facts speak for themselves. no judgement here - just a nod to bad choices having been made by the victim.
on May 19,2014 | 02:07AM
juke wrote:
if the family and friends care this would not happen.
on May 19,2014 | 04:54AM
kiragirl wrote:
on May 19,2014 | 12:20PM
false wrote:
A 26 year old, skateboarding on a highway at 1:30 in the morning? Must have been hiding when brains were passed out. No loss.
on May 18,2014 | 04:07PM
sailfish1 wrote:
That area does not sound too safe - skateboarder on a highway and then a motorist under the influence of an intoxicant. Mix the two together and you definitely have a problem.
on May 18,2014 | 08:08PM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
A guy rides a skateboard right after midnight and crosses in front of an oncoming car. He gets hit and dies. The driver gets blamed. What's wrong with this picture? MADD gone wild.
on May 18,2014 | 08:44PM
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