Father Killed in Motorcycle Crash

Mark Guerland
Mark Guerland
Daniel Guerland
Daniel Guerland

KAILUA (KHNL) - He would give you the shirt off his back. That's how family and friends are describing a Kailua man who was killed in a motorcycle crash over the weekend.

Fifteen-year-old Daniel has spent every moment since Saturday thinking about his dad, Mark Guerland, who was killed in a motorcycle crash on the H-1 Freeway.

"I didn't believe it. I didn't think he was gone," Daniel Guerland, victim's son, said. "That's pretty much it. It just wasn't really happening."

Guerland's family says the 49-year-old Raiders fan was a Johnson-and-Johnson sales rep, who went out of his way to provide medical supplies to people with diabetes.

"He gives them freely, mailing to friends of ours on the mainland that couldn't afford the diabetic strips," Paul Stewart, family friend, said. "You know, he was happy to take care of these folks."

"He's a caring, loving, good guy, you know, who doesn't hate anybody and who will help anybody out," Nani Guerland, victim's wife, said.

He loved motorcycles, and loved spending time with his son.

"He used to come up with projects to do around the house, and that was just fun," Daniel Guerland said. "He just had a positive attitude towards everything."

Police say the victim was thrown from his Harley-Davidson, after he lost control of the bike in the west-bound lanes of the H-1. He is the third motorcyclist to be killed on Oahu's roadways this year.

"When it's your time, it's your time," Nani Guerland said. "Just enjoy the moment you have."

The victim's family says a mechanic inspected Guerland's motorcycle Monday, and determined the throttle had gotten stuck.

Guerland's death was Oahu's 38th traffic fatality of the year, compared to 30 at the same time last year.