Motorcycle accidents will usually pop up in the news from time to time, but it seems as though more and more people are dying of motorcycle accidents in Hawaii. Case in point, three people died in three separate accidents involving motorcycles Sunday on Oahu.
The three accidents happened within a few hours of each other, and left all three motorcyclists dead. Others were hurt in the accidents as well, as the first accident of the day also involved an elderly man and woman getting hit on the side of the road as they tried to fix their flat tire.
At 4:35 p.m., emergency medical personnel and police were called to Waikupanaha Street near Mooiki Street in Waimanalo where a 48-year-old man was seriously injured after the motorcycle he was operating veered into the right shoulder of Waikupanaha Street and into a fire hydrant. The man was taken in critical condition to the Queen’s Medical Center where he later died of head injuries. The motorcyclist was speeding and was not wearing a helmet, according to police.
At about 6:25 p.m., emergency personnel were sent to the Nuuanu Pali Drive for the third fatal motorcycle accident of the day.
A 67-year-old man was killed when the motorcycle he was driving crashed into a rock wall. Police said he was speeding and failed to negotiate a bend to the right about two miles south of Pali Highway. He died at the scene. He was not wearing a helmet, police said.
The motorcycle burst into flames and was extinguished by Honolulu firefighters.
As of this time it is not known if drugs or alcohol was involved in any of the accidents. However, at least one of the riders was not wearing a helmet, possible more. This brings me to my last point. There should definitely be a law in Hawaii regarding helmet wearing on a motorcycle.
Oahu’s total road fatalities so far for 2011 to 45, the same number at this time last year, this according to HPD.