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Motorcyclist dies after head-on collision in Haleiwa

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    The crash occurred at 10:50 p.m. at the intersection of Waialua Beach Road and Oliana Street.

A man riding a motorcycle died after crashing head-on with a car in Haleiwa Friday night.

The crash occurred at 10:50 p.m. at the intersection of Waialua Beach Road and Oliana Street.

A 36-year-old man driving a car was turning westbound on Waialua Beach Road from Oliana Street when the motorcyclist traveling eastbound collided into the car.

The motorcyclist was ejected from his bike and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the car was not injured.

Police said he was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Speed appears to be a factor in the crash, but it is unknown if alcohol or drugs were factors, police said.

This is Oahu’s 45th traffic fatality this year, compared to 54 at the same time last year.

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  • The driver of the car probably told the investigating officer that because he did not see the motorcyclist, the motorcyclist must have been speeding. Since the motorcyclist is dead, there is no one to refute what the driver of the car told the officer. When working as an auto liability claims adjuster, I often heard drivers say the other driver must have been speeding when, in fact, as may have been the case here, the drivers did not fully stop and look before proceeding into an intersection.

    • Helmets can protect you. However, they can’t protect you from everything. A bullet-proof vest can’t protect a person 100% either, so should SWAT teams stop wearing them? No. You do what you can to protect yourself, but some incidents are unavoidably deadly. A seatbelt isn’t a guarantee of surviving a car crash either, but a reasonable person can understand that they reduce the chance of death…even if they don’t eliminate that chance completely.

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