Police: Speed may be a factor in fatal motorcyclist crash in Wahiawa

WAHIAWA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A soon-to-be married Army solider lost his life in a motorcycle collision Saturday afternoon in Wahiawa.

It happened around 3:30 p.m. on Kaukonahua Road between Kamananui Road and Wilikina Drive.

Officers say the road is notoriously dangerous.

"It used to have a reputation of being one of the deadliest roads out here and it's usually on the weekends when motorcyclists ride," said Lt. Bobby Towne with the Honolulu Police Department.

He says the soldier was riding a brand new Kawasaki Ninja when he collided head-on with a car.

Investigators say the 35-year-old rider was speeding as he came around a bend.  That's when he lost control of his bike and went off the road.

Police say his motorcycle slid across the roadway and his body slammed into the car.

Investigators believe speed was a factor.

"If they obey the speed limit, then this road is not a problem. It's only when they exceed the speed limit," Lt. Towne said.

The speed limit on Kaukonahua Road is 45 mph.

The road was closed for four hours while officers investigated.

The solider was wearing a helmet.

He was pronounced dead at Wahiawa General Hospital.

This marks the 27th fatal accident this year.  There were 30 fatal accidents the same time last year.

The identity of the victim has not yet been released.

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