A 22-year-old moped rider died from brain injuries after the moped he was on rear-ended another moped near the University of Hawaii at Manoa, according to the medical examiner.
The manner of death for Lee J.Y. How was classified as an accident.
Police said an 18-year-old moped rider and How, a 2012 Kaimuki High School graduate, were traveling together on Dole Street toward East-West Road Tuesday afternoon. The first moped rider stopped for a pedestrian crossing a marked crosswalk. How, who was riding a 1989 Honda moped, did not see what was happening and rear-ended the first moped.
Police said How was speeding when he crashed into the first moped.
Both moped riders were ejected onto the road. Paramedics took How in critical condition to Queen’s Medical Center where he died. Emergency Medical Services and police said he was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
Sens. Lorraine Inouye and Josh Green plan to introduce legislation next year to require moped riders of all ages to wear helmets despite past attempts that faltered. The current law requires moped riders under the age 18 to wear a helmet.