Traffic stretched for miles as police investigated. (Image: Traffic Cameras)
AIEA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
A motorcyclist was taken to the hospital in critical condition Saturday after an accident on the H-1 Freeway near the Aiea exit.
According to police, the 23-year-old Kapolei woman was driving her 2003 Honda motorcycle at a high rate of speed weaving in and out of traffic when she collided with the rear of an SUV driven by a 57-year-old Mililani man.
"Next thing you know this motorcyclist was in the zipper lane and was going 80 or 90 miles per hour. It was going super fast, I was doing 60 and they passed me," witness Angela Padilla said.
The motorcyclist was thrown from the bike and slide across the roadway. Witness accounts say the motorcycle came to rest on the shoulder of the road.
"They went from the zipper lane all the way to the middle lane, and then that person lost control of their bike and then just went flying," Padilla added.
Emergency crews responded to the accident just after 1:30 p.m.
Only one lane of the freeway remained open as police investigated, causing a major traffic jam that stretched for miles beyond the H-1, H-2 merge, and into Waikele.
Roads reopened just before 4 p.m.
Police say the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. It is unknown if drugs or alcohol are factors in the crash.