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Motorcyclist killed in Halawa Heights crash was 'well loved family man'

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

KALIHI (HawaiiNewsNow) - For the second time in three days, an Oahu family is mourning the death of a loved one in a motorcycle crash. Hawaii News Now has learned more about the young man involved in Saturday night's collision in Halawa Heights.

The motorcyclist who was killed lived at the Kamehameha Homes housing project in Kalihi. On Sunday, his friends gathered there to support his grieving family.

In a recent photo, Jonathan Pons flashed a smile and a shaka, showing his love for riding waves. The 23-year-old also loved riding his motorcycle.

Friends identified him as the one killed in the crash at the intersection of Halawa Heights Road and Iwaiwa Street. They say he was on his way to visit a friend whose birthday is coming up this week, when his motorcycle broadsided a station wagon, sending the car into a wall.

The car was carrying a 36-year-old California man and five children, including a 13-year-old boy who was in critical condition. The man's 16-year-old niece, who has a driver's permit, was behind the wheel. Her family told Hawaii News Now that it's difficult for her because her cousin is still in the hospital.

Investigators say the motorcyclist was speeding.

"He was a well loved family man," Noel Jacinto, Pons' friend, said. "He always tried to bring a smile to everyone."

The elderly resident at the corner house that sustained damage in the crash says something needs to be done about the dangerous intersection, where multiple crashes have occurred in his 40 years of living there. He says he doesn't plan to fix his wall again because "there's no sense."

Oahu is way ahead of last year's pace when it comes to fatalities involving motorcyclists. Of the 53 people who have died in traffic crashes so far this year, 17 were riding motorcycles. Six motorcyclists were killed during the same period last year.

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