AIEA (HawaiiNewsNow) - The wife of the motorcyclist killed in a Salt Lake crash on Wednesday was waiting for her husband to pick her up from work when tragedy struck. Gail Simao said her husband, George Simao Jr., was a military veteran who was born and raised in Kalihi. They met through mutual friends at a party and quickly fell in love.
"It was whirlwind. We actually got married six weeks after we met and we've been married seven years," said Gail Simao.
George detailed motorcycles at Cycle City in Mapunapuna. He called Gail around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday as he was leaving to pick her up from work.
"He said there was a lot of traffic and he said, 'I don't know what time I'll be there.' I said, 'It doesn't matter,'" recalled Gail Simao.
Investigators said the Aiea man lost control of his motorcycle on Bouganville Drive and veered into the path of an oncoming SUV driven by a Honolulu woman.
"I'm really sorry for the lady that was driving the SUV. I feel really bad for her and her family. I just can't imagine witnessing something like that."
Police believe the 47-year-old may have been speeding.
"The speed thing, possibility. He was excited. He was leaving work. He was going to come pick me up where I work and we were going to go out do dinner," said Gail Simao.
According to authorities, it's too early to tell if drugs or alcohol are involved, but Gail said her husband wasn't intoxicated.
"George has a lot of health problems. We both do. Even if we wanted to do those, we can't. There's just no way," explained Gail Simao.
News of George's death stunned his coworkers.
"George was always the kind of person that would help you out, that would go out of this way to make sure that you were okay if you needed anything," said coworker Dustin McEwen.
"He was always friendly, willing to lend a hand, knowledgeable guy," said coworker Khepera Ridley.
Gail and her husband loved to joke around. She said she'll miss the smiles and laughter that filled their home.
"I just want to tell the bikers please be safe, don't take chances,five, ten minutes more and you're there, because look what happened," said Gail Simao.
This is Oahu's 5th traffic death of the year compared to 8 at the same time last year.