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Man killed in Kaimuki skateboard accident is identified

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:56 p.m. HST, Jun 06, 2014

The Medical Examiner's Office identified the 53-year-old man killed Thursday in a skateboarding accident as John Ohelo of Kaimuki.

Police said Ohelo was riding a skateboard on Alohea Avenue about 12:15 p.m., when he made a right turn onto 10th Avenue in Kaimuki and struck a car stopped at a stop sign.

Paramedics took him to a hospital in critical condition. He died at the hospital shortly after arriving.

The crash was the 28th traffic fatality on Oahu this year, compared to 33 for the same period last year. 

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Oahuan wrote:
What is a 53 year old doing riding a skateboard in the first place? SMH.
on June 6,2014 | 09:44AM
false wrote:
Today's 53 year old is yesterday's err, well, ahem -----53 year old.
on June 6,2014 | 10:04AM
KaneoheSJ wrote:
You wouldn't be cracking such a joke if that man was your 53 year old brother. That could be a reader's uncle or father. Cracking a joke on a man's death is in poor taste. Yes, he was probably at fault, and yes, what is a man that age riding on a skateboard? But regardless, someone died a tragic and senseless death here.
on June 6,2014 | 12:12PM
GorillaSmith wrote:
Well said.
on June 6,2014 | 12:21PM
Jonas wrote:
Hopefully his family will sue the car that stopped at the sign for not seeing him and quickly getting out of his way.
on June 6,2014 | 11:02AM
Upperkula wrote:
RE: Jonas comment, The driver of the car is not at fault, he was waiting to make a left turn when the skateboarder made a wide right turn and slammed into the rear section of the car then falling to the ground striking his unprotected head on the asphalt. There is no grounds for a law suite the person at fault pass away, and may he rest in peace.
on June 6,2014 | 01:09PM
pauliboy wrote:
sarcastic comment followed by literal comprehension and overreaction.
on June 6,2014 | 01:40PM
kwanman79 wrote:
RIP Skater.
on June 6,2014 | 12:02PM
lespark wrote:
Kaimuki has always had a problem with skate boarders and mopeds speeding up and down the streets. No one seems to do anything about it until someone gets killed or maimed. A skateboarder almost rammed my car yesterday. I don't know if it was the same guy. 6th and Harding, 6th and Kaimuki are accidents waiting to happen.
on June 6,2014 | 12:03PM
You fling words around without realizing what you're saying. Always, No one, anything....Always is a long time, anything is an unimaginable amount, No one represents nil. Could be a little more realistic in your thoughts.
on June 6,2014 | 12:31PM
mitt_grund wrote:
The skateboarders come in all sizes and apparently ages in Kaimuki. The most amazing thing I have seen going down Kaimuki Avenue which starts at 12th Avenue in a steep slope, were a number of middle-school adolescents, late at night, cruising down its length towards ewa on an abandoned sofa on wheels. Sofa was found next day in some puzzled resident's sidewalk area. LOL until something happens.
on June 6,2014 | 06:21PM
KB wrote:
time to police some sidewalks or at lease who has the right of way boards or walkers ...
on June 6,2014 | 01:07PM
mitt_grund wrote:
He was skateboarding on a "public" street, not sidewalk. It's common to hear them coming down either 10th or Alohea avenues at midnight. They achieve quite reasonable speeds, between 25 and 35 mph. In protective gear probably not so bad. But a body accelerated by bouncing off a heavy-duty, white SUV, and striking the pavement at 35 mph, especially an unprotected head, well....

BTW, it is illegal to skateboard on public streets, but there is little or no enforcement. The skateboarders often learn the hard way from their mistakes.

on June 6,2014 | 06:35PM
mitt_grund wrote:
Apparently he lived on a nearby street and was going home. Probably something he had done countless times before....safely.
on June 6,2014 | 08:23PM
stingray65 wrote:
He ran into to a car park at the stop sign? He is 53 years old? He will not be skate boarding for a very long time!
on June 6,2014 | 01:51PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Of course not, he died.
on June 6,2014 | 02:08PM
cojef wrote:
Have to refrain in submitting comments relating to the accident today, lest be castigated for being insensitive or incoherent.
on June 6,2014 | 02:30PM
false wrote:
Hey cojef. At our ripe old age, we should be free to say what we think and not worry about overly sensitive clods. We both reached our ages safely by not acting like mor*ons.
on June 6,2014 | 06:45PM
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