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Motorcycle fatality latest in a string of crashes on Wanaao Road

Recently paved Waanao Road Recently paved Waanao Road
Kelly Brody Kelly Brody
The crashed motorcycle now sits at a Waimanalo tow yard The crashed motorcycle now sits at a Waimanalo tow yard
Truck struck by the female motorcycler Truck struck by the female motorcycler
Kona Baker Kona Baker

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

ENCHANTED LAKE (HawaiiNewsNow) - People who live on Wanaao Road in Windward Oahu believe recent improvements to their street may have something to do with a string of traffic crashes in the area. The latest happened Saturday night and left a female motorcyclist dead.

Crews recently finished repaving the once-bumpy roadway that many motorists use to travel between Enchanted Lake and Kailua Town. Neighbors say, unfortunately, the smoother surface has created a new problem -- speeding.

Wanaao Road residents are still shaken up after a violent crash Saturday night.

"There was a screech and then just a sick thud. It was just an awful thud and a horn," Kelly Brody, area resident, said. "I came running out and I was, to be honest, I knew how bad it was because I saw the bike."

That bike now sits at a Waimanalo tow yard.

Investigators say a 34-year-old Lanikai woman was riding her Harley Davidson motorcycle at a high rate of speed, when she plowed into the back of a parked Toyota pickup. She later died.

"Her face was all, I think she slammed into the, she wasn't wearing a helmet, so she just slammed into the back of the truck with her face," Brody said.

A wall across the street was already damaged. Neighbors say there have now been four crashes in the area since a road construction project was completed about a month ago.

"Because it's such a smooth road now and they've done all the improvements, it's just a perfect surface and people just take advantage of that straightaway," Kona Baker, area resident, said.

Baker says they take advantage by going much faster than the speed limit of 25 miles per hour.

"Every night, we sit inside and we hear the cars screaming by," Baker said. "We're always just wincing, waiting to hear a crash."

Residents of Wanaao Road are asking drivers to be more careful when coming through their neighborhood.

"It's going to happen again. I promise you it's going to happen again," Brody said. "So just go slow. Please go slow."

The Medical Examiner's office has not released the motorcyclist's name. A neighbor told us the victim's family lives on the mainland.

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