Makiki motorcycle crash victim identified

Woman dies after critical accident on Thurston Ave; HPD investigating

MAKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Authorities identified the motorcycle rider killed in a crash in Makiki on Sunday as Helen Hites, 32, of Honolulu.

Officers cordoned off a section of Thurston Avenue around 1 p.m. after police said a black Dodge Charger slammed into Hites,  and threw her from her motorcycle.

"He was making a left turn down the driveway over there and she was riding up," said Honolulu Police Department Lt. Robert Towne.  "From what we understand she was riding with a pack of about three other motorcyclists."

Hites was taken to Queen's Medical Center in critical condition, where she later died.

Investigators say the man who drove the Charger is an off-duty taxi driver who was turning into the driveway of his girlfriend's home.

The crash happened right outside of Brintons Reed's house and he saw what played out after the collision.

"I came out and the motorcycle guys were standing on the other side of the car and kind of freaking out and yelling," Reed said. "I saw blood come underneath the car and then her motorcycle was laying there and she was kind of like, laid out."

Riders at the scene wore vests embroidered with the words 'I Ride Honolulu.'

Reed also said it was obvious that Hites was part of the club.

"You could tell they were hardcore riders, experienced," Reed said."They had patches. They had cameras on their bikes and had kind of customized helmets and stuff."

Speed is being explored as a possible factor in the crash. Nearby residents say they often hear motorists barreling down the avenue.

"This is a really dangerous street and unfortunately, just because we are so close to downtown and so close to the Pensacola on ramp," said Linda Birn, who lives on Thurston Avenue."Traffic often uses this as a shortcut and goes whizzing by"

This is the 13th traffic fatality of 2013, which is the same number at this time last year.

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