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HAWAII KAI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Kona Brewing Company in Hawaii Kai closed Thursday as workers gathered to remember 18-year old Kristi Mcquaid.

The recent Kaiser High School graduate died in a moped accident Wednesday night on Lunalilo Home Road.  Police say she lost control, hit a curb, and struck a metal light pole.   She was not wearing a helmet.

"There wasn't any sound of screeching tires or anything," says John Kolivas, who lives near the scene.  Kolivas and several others ran to help.

"The first person said she was a nurse," says Owen Lee.  Lee and the nurse rolled Mcquaid over to start CPR.  Paramedics took over when they arrived.

Lee put a cross in the ground with a lei draped around it.

Mcquaid also worked at Fatboy's Restaurant for a couple years.  The manager there says Mcquaid always showed up to work with a smile.

"She got along with everybody," says Pat Murata, "She was real outgoing."

Police do not believe speed was a factor but are looking into the possibility that alcohol was involved.  They are hoping eye witnesses will come forward to help them determine why Mcquaid lost control.

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