WAIKELE (HawaiiNewsNow) - Police shut down a stretch of the H-1 freeway near Waikele for nearly four hours Friday night after a motorcycle crash that killed a woman from Ewa Beach.
The Medical Examiner's office identified the victim as Stephanie Longwell. The crash happened around 10:45 p.m. near Manager's Drive. Condolences were posted on the "Street Bikers United Hawaii" Facebook page to the family of Stephanie Longwell.
The 51-year-old was riding as a passenger on a motorcycle traveling on the H-1 freeway. The bike was headed Ewa bound near Waikele when the motorcycle crashed into the back of a Handivan. Police tell HawaiiNewsNow that a 50-year-old man was driving the Handivan and was also headed west-bound.
According to investigators, he switched lanes crossing into the path of the motorcycle, causing the collision. The impact threw the 40-year-old motorcycle driver and Longwell from the bike. The driver of the motorcycle is also from Ewa beach and sustained minor injuries. EMS officials say that Longwell died at the scene. Neither of the riders was wearing helmets.
The City's Department of Transportation Services, which runs the Handivan, released this statement.
"We express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the person who died in the accident…"
HawaiiNewsNow has learned that the Handivan driver has 14-years with the company and he's currently on non-driving duty pending the outcome of the case. The city declined further comment due to HPD's investigation.