Moped rider killed in early-morning crash

Deadly accident shut down Manoa road

Published  1:10 PM HST Jul 14, 2013
HONOLULU -

A moped rider was killed in a crash early Sunday morning.

A mangled moped lay along Woodlawn Drive for over an hour following the accident.

"I woke up to a large crash sound and I looked out my window. There was guy sprawled out, his moped down and parts were everywhere," said Manoa resident Scott Kikiloi.

Police officers were able to determine the 54-year-man on the moped was coming down Woodlawn Drive just after 7 in the morning, when he lost control and struck a telephone pole.

Police did not find any signs of alcohol or signs the rider tried to brake before the crash. There were no skid marks before the pole, just marks on the roads where the moped and the man ended up.

"We called the ambulance, but he had head trauma and he didn't look good. We just tried to get the cars to stop because they were still trying to go up and down the road even with the accident," said Kikiloi.

After neighbors rushed in to help, police arrived and closed the road. Then investigators spent two hours looking for clues into the crash.

Neighbors said they were shocked this was a fatality, but they weren't surprised an accident happened. Manoa residents claim that section of the Woodlawn Drive is an accident waiting to happen.

"Cars usually speed up and down and there's a bend over here that's difficult for drivers sometimes. Especially at nighttime, people are really whipping it around this road," said Kikiloi.

The moped rider was not wearing a helmet. He was taken to the hospital in extremely critical condition but did not survive his injuries.
The accident has also left scars on the neighbors who tried to help.

"It was pretty traumatic seeing all that stuff this morning," said Kikiloi.

The medical examiner has not yet released the name of the moped rider or determined the exact cause of death.

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