Honolulu police investigators are looking into the traffic death of a 26-year-old motorcyclist whose body was found on the side of the H-1 freeway near the Palama off-ramp Friday morning, more than 10 hours after the accident.
The victim was a Schofield Barracks soldier, Hawaii News Now reported.
Police said the body was discovered at about 11 a.m. in an area concealed by the westbound freeway guardrail near the Palama Street offramp.
Traffic was shut down for nearly three hours on two westbound lanes as police investigated. The lanes reopened by 1:45 p.m.
Police said the motorcycle traveling west-bound on the H-1 struck a highway guard, ejecting the driver, at about 12:21 a.m. Friday.
Police officers had responded to the scene just after midnight after receiving a report about the crash. But while they found the motorcycle at the scene, they couldn’t find its operator.
Authorities said when officers responded to the scene at 12:30 a.m., the area was dark. A traffic collision report was created, and police were trying to determine why the motorcyclist’s body was not found.
“It was located a considerably far distance from the motorcycle, and it wasn’t in the roadway,” Lt. Carlene Lau of the Honolulu Police Department’s Traffic Division told Hawaii News Now. “It was in an area concealed by the guardrail. It wasn’t actually on the roadway.”
Police said the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet, and excessive speed is believed to be a factor in the crash. It was unknown whether the man was still alive when police arrived at the scene the first time.
The death was the second this year compared with three for the same period last year.