Motorcyclist dies of crash injuries
A 24-year-old Wahiawa man is dead and a woman is in critical condition after separate motorcycle and moped accidents Sunday.
Speed is considered a possible factor in the death of Thomas Lund, who was killed when the 2014 Kawasaki motorcycle he was driving crashed into a utility pole along Mililani Cemetery Road at 3:42 p.m. Sunday.
Lund was traveling south near Waiawa Prison Road when he crossed the centerline. When the motorcyclist saw an oncoming car, police said, he tried to get back into his lane but lost control of his bike.
He skidded on the gravel on the shoulder of the road and hit a pole.
Paramedics took Lund to Pali Momi Medical Center, where he died Sunday night. The Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy. This was Oahu’s 23rd traffic death, compared with 24 at the same time a year ago.
Earlier Sunday, at 11:45 a.m., a woman in her 20s was critically injured when the moped she was operating collided with a truck on the North Shore, according to an Emergency Medical Services report.
EMS said the incident happened near 59-055 Kahae Road in Pupukea.
City IDs driver killed in H-1 accident
The Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the 72-year-old man who died Thursday after crashing his car on the H-1 freeway near the Waialae Avenue offramp as Dennis Morris of Honolulu.
His cause of death is pending the results of more medical tests.
Police said Morris may have suffered a medical condition, as he had been seen slumped over the steering wheel.
Morris was Koko Head-bound on the freeway at about 1:04 p.m. when he drove his 2000 Lincoln Town Car up an embankment near the offramp and struck a signpost, police said. The car continued in the right lane, sideswiped a wall and guardrail, went left toward the median and then right, hitting a rock wall, police said. Paramedics took Morris in critical condition to the Queen’s Medical Center, where he died, police said.
Morris was Oahu’s 22nd traffic-related fatality, compared with 24 at the same time last year.
Motorist arrested in clash with bicyclists
A confrontation between a 22-year-old driver and participants in a North Shore bicycling event Sunday resulted in the arrest of the driver and his passenger, injuries to five people, and one smashed bicycle.
Chad Taniguchi, executive director of the Hawaii Bicycling League, said the incident started when two men in a car began arguing with cyclists participating in the league’s Haleiwa Metric Century Ride. According to Taniguchi, the driver knocked down three cyclists and ran over one bicycle with his vehicle.
Taniguchi was passing by in a support vehicle and witnessed the confrontation. He and another race officer attempted to intervene but were assaulted by the driver, Taniguchi said.
"He was very aggressive and threatening, and we just tried to calm the situation down," Taniguchi said.
Police arrested the driver on suspicion of two counts of third-degree assault. He was released on $1,000 bail.
The 23-year-old male passenger was also arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault but released without charges.
Wahiawa man held in abuse of woman
An argument between a Wahiawa couple ended with the boyfriend behind bars after he allegedly choked his girlfriend Sunday.
Police said the argument began after 12:30 p.m. and ended with the alleged abuse.
The 33-year-old suspect fled the Wahiawa home but returned five hours later and was arrested on suspicion of abuse.