MANOA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 54-year-old man is dead after he apparently lost control of his moped and crashed just blocks from his Manoa home.
According to police, the crash happened shortly after 7 a.m. Sunday on Woodlawn Drive, just south of Alani Drive. Investigators said the moped was southbound when it hit a utility pole. The rider was not wearing a helmet.
The neighborhood in upper Manoa is a quiet one, but even nearby residents said they didn't really hear a crash.
"I was just eating breakfast, reading the paper, getting ready to go on the bike ride, and heard the emergency vehicles come up the road," said resident Patricia Johnson.
"The only thing that my family heard was the sudden winding out of an engine," said Scott Suzuki-Jones. "Like if you're riding a motorcycle or a moped and it goes over, the wheels will spin and the engine will wind out."
Police closed Woodlawn between Alani and Waipuna Rise during the investigation. The road was reopened just after 9 a.m.
"The only thing we could conclude was he probably had a heart attack and just went down and then his moped just smashed to smithereens," said Johnson. "But nobody heard anything."
Emergency Medical Services said the man suffered massive head injuries and was taken in extremely critical condition to the Queen's Medical Center, where he later died.
Friends and neighbors identified the moped rider as Tony Young. They were unaware of any major medical conditions.
Police said it is unknown whether speed or alcohol were factors in the crash. Young's death is Oahu's 36th traffic fatality on Oahu this year, compared to 32 at the same time a year ago.