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Teen killed in Aina Haina moped crash identified

Scene of the moped crash on Kalanianaole Hwy. Scene of the moped crash on Kalanianaole Hwy.
AINA HAINA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A 17-year-old boy was died Wednesday afternoon when the moped he was driving collided into a pickup truck at the intersection of Kalanianaole Highway and East Hind Drive in Aina Haina.

The moped rider was identified as Hunter Ortego of Honolulu.

Authorities said Ortego was riding the moped in the westbound bike lane of Kalanianaole at about 2:40 p.m. when he ran a red light and hit the pickup truck turning left onto East Hind.

"I was taking a left, I had a green arrow, and he came through the bike lane going about 60 miles an hour," said the pickup's driver, Alea James. "I didn't see him in time and he hit my truck."

Investigators believe speed was indeed a factor. The moped struck the rear passenger side of the red Ford Ranger, with the damage showing the force of the impact. The collision also left the moped in pieces.

The crash was witnessed by the occupants of a second pickup truck that was also turning left. One of the occupants was an off-duty sheriff's deputy.

"Me, and I guess an officer that was riding behind me, also saw the accident," said James. "And we both pulled over as soon as it happened."

Police shut down all westbound lanes of Kalanianaole Highway for two hours, and traffic snaked its way through a residential neighborhood. 

The moped driver was taken in critical condition with head injuries to the hospital, where he later died. He was not wearing a helmet.

James, who was unhurt, offered her condolences.

"I feel really sorry for his family, you know not knowing what's happening," she said. "He was just at the beach having a good time with his friends."

This is the 42nd traffic death on Oahu this year, compared to 51 at this time last year.

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