Speed a factor in deadly freeway crash in Kaneohe

Published On: Mar 20 2014 09:34:40 AM HST   Updated On: Mar 20 2014 07:46:21 PM HST
KANEOHE, Hawaii -

Many teenagers dream about getting their license and going for a joyride.  But on Thursday morning, that dream turned into a parent's worst nightmare after a teen driver in killed in a motor scooter crash.

"Speed is a factor in this collision," said Lt. Bobby Towne of the Honolulu Police Department's Traffic Division.

Click here to watch Paul Drewes's report.

It's a mistake many drivers make.  Picking up speed on this on-ramp from the Likelike Highway to the H-3 Freeway, even though it's a 180-degree turn and the speed limit is 25 mph.

Today, it was a teenager out riding motor scooters with her father.  The results were tragic.

"The daughter who was the lead vehicle lost control and struck the guard rail.  She was taken to the Queen's Medical Center where she expired," said Towne.  Her father was following right behind her.

The teenager had been wearing a helmet, but it was not enough to protect her in this crash.

This fatal accident is just the latest deadly crash along this curving on-ramp of the Likelike Highway.

Last August, a more experienced rider, a member of the group known as Iron Circle Hawaii, died when his bike slammed into the same guard rail.

A witness said they saw the motorcyclist lock up his rear tire, and police believe he, too, was speeding up the on-ramp.

Just as the last fatal did, the latest deadly crash closed the on-ramp for hours while police pieced together exactly what happened.

The crash happened at around 8:30 a.m.  The on-ramp reopened just before 11 a.m. Thursday.


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