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Passenger on motorcycle dies in Likelike Highway crash

Kristin Widner (adult on left) & J.D. Widner (on right) Kristin Widner (adult on left) & J.D. Widner (on right)
Kristin Widner died at this motorcycle crash scene. Kristin Widner died at this motorcycle crash scene.
David Nilsen David Nilsen
This is believed to be the vehicle that started the accident. This is believed to be the vehicle that started the accident.
Police arrest the driver of the pickup truck Police arrest the driver of the pickup truck

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An Oklahoma woman is dead and her husband is in the hospital after a truck plowed into their motorcycle on the Likelike Highway Friday morning.

Honolulu police say the Oklahoma couple was on a rented Harley-Davidson headed toward  Kaneohe at around 4:40 a.m.

The couple was then hit by a Chevy pickup truck and thrown from the bike just before the Wilson Tunnel.

The 25-year-old woman riding on the back of the bike died at the scene.

Her 27-year-old husband was rushed to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition, but later improved to serious condition.

Police believe the pickup truck was passing on the left side of the road when it lost control and slammed into a guard rail, forcing it across the right-hand-side lanes, slamming into the motorcycle.

Police arrested the truck's 57-year-old driver from Kaneohe.

He suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital to be checked out before being booked for negligent homicide and negligent injury.

It is unknown if speed or alcohol were factors in the crash.

"In this particular instance, we're still trying to figure out exactly if one of them was wearing a helmet, if both of them were or if neither of them were," HPD Lt. David Nilsen said. "Trying to figure that out. A helmet is such an important factor."

This is the second day in a row that police have shut down the Likelike Highway in the north-bound direction due to a car crash.

The highway was shut down for about 3.5 hours as police investigated.

This is the 30th fatality on Oahu's roads this year compared to 36 this time last year.

 

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