A 27-year-old motorcyclist was critically injured Wednesday after falling onto the H-1 Freeway from an on-ramp near the Liliha Street overpass, Honolulu police said.
Paramedics said the motorcyclist was traveling north on Liliha Street and turned onto the H-1 Freeway on-ramp. That's when he lost control, slammed into a fence, fell down a steep embankment and landed on the freeway, police said.
He was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition, but was later listed in serious condition.
Donaven Hookano, who was at the scene at the time of the crash, tried to help the victim.
"Basically he was on the upper half of the freeway on the overpass area and he launched off his bike, head first through the fence, onto the freeway," he said. "By the time I got there and parked my car, he was breathing heavy, he wasn't responding to me. I was trying to see if he could talk to me, if he was responsive. He wasn't. He was heavily breathing, blood was on the ground."
Hookano also also said the bystanders were using their hazard lights and cellphone flashlights to warn passing drivers so they wouldn't run over the victim.
The crash happened about 7:30 p.m., and closed all eastbound lanes of the H-1 Freeway in the area.