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Friends gather at memorial for moped rider killed in crash

  • ROB SHIKINA / RSHIKINA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Dozens of friends gathered tonight at a memorial for Bryan Suguitan, who died in a moped crash Saturday.

  • COURTESY FRIENDS OF BRYAN SUGUITAN

    Bryan Suguitan

Bryan Suguitan was a restaurant worker who helped his brother care for his family.

“I’ll remember him as a helper, even when he was tired,” his older brother Mark Suguitan, 30, said today in tears. “We loved him. We loved him so much. We really miss him.”

Police said Suguitan was riding a moped south on Kalihi Street near the Hele gas station when he struck a parked vehicle at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday. He was taken in critical condition to The Queen’s Medical Center and died at 10:07 p.m.

Police said excessive speed may have been a factor.

This afternoon friends of Suguitan gathered at the crash scene and placed a memorial of flowers on the side of the road. A dispute broke out between Suguitan’s friends and people connected to the owner of the parked SUV, Suguitan’s friends said.

Police broke up the argument.

Suguitan, 23, crashed just a couple of blocks from his home.

Mark Suguitan said his brother had borrowed a friend’s moped to go to a bank to withdraw money before the crash. He said his brother was not wearing a helmet, but had years of experience riding mopeds.

Suguitan was the 11th traffic fatality this year compared to 10 at this time last year.

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