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Man who died after moped hit truck in Aiea ID'd

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:32 a.m. HST, Jan 17, 2014

The Medical Examiner's Office has identified the 66-year-old man who died Thursday after the moped he was driving struck a pickup truck in Aiea as Richard Sanford.

An autopsy will be done on Sanford, who lived in Aiea, to determine the cause of death.

Police said the man was driving east on Moanalua Road near Ualo Street when his moped crossed the centerline and struck the truck about 2:45 p.m.

He was taken in critical condition to Queen's Medical Center, where he later died, police said.

Sanford was Oahu's fourth traffic-related death this year compared to five for the same period last year.

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serious wrote:
I don't know how others feel, but I get sickened by the loss of life from mopeds, motorcycles, skateboards from people who don't wear some protection for their heads. Head hits concrete--guess who wins?? The Legislature is in session--last time they tried to pass a law on helmets which the HPD opposed, and I agree with the police. Helmets for those 16 and under--put yourself in a uniform and guess what age a person is??? Stupid law--glad it didn't pass. Now---maybe it's the wind in their nostrils that blows out any common sense--let's get a law that requires head protection for anyone on the items I mentioned. It's a slam dunk, just like a lottery here--but the lottery opponents--Vegas lobbyists have too much campaign money--right Ms Kim???
on January 17,2014 | 07:49AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Minors should not be allowed to operate any vehicle such as a moped or car until 18 years of age. Our laws are contradictory in that it allows minors to drive a vehicle which can kill other people but we do not allow them to drink alcohol until they reach 21 years of age? What kind of message are we putting out with such a fractured reasoning? When is the actual age when a person reaches adulthood? Is it 18 or is it 21? If we are going to confer adult privileges to young people at 18, then we should confer that to all adult responsibilities including driving a car. Yet we allow them to drive cars before 18 and then say that they are not old enough to do other responsible adult things. So when are they old enough to be adults?
on January 17,2014 | 10:19AM
wn wrote:
Aside from DOT / Snell certificed helmets, there is a wide range of good, comfortable body armor available. I wear a full face helmet, body armor over the ankle riding shoes and hi-viz vest. Also took the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) course. With that being said many will not take the proper steps to insure their own safety and well being and it is their choice. Hence, all the aforementioned safety precautions it is only as effective as those who opt to use them and ride responsibly. The next time you come across a rider ask yourself if they are using proper safety techniques, counter steering (so you don't lose control in a turn), stopping safety distance maintained (sudden stop) , pumping of brakes when coming to stop (visibility) of a stop from behind)...well these are basics that even the moped riders should be able to address. At the end of the day, all I want to prevent anyone from getting killed or killings someone (or worst paralyzed) when it could have prevented. Those who don't and pose a danger to others should not be on the road.
on January 17,2014 | 12:33PM
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