Victim in fatal Nimitz Highway moped crash identified

Victim in fatal Nimitz Highway moped crash identified
Crash closed westbound lanes along Nimitz Highway on Friday. (Source: Hawaii News Now)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu’s Medical Examiner has publicly identified the man killed in Friday’s crash on Nimitz Highway.

Officials named him as 42-year-old Lance Watarai of Waipahu.

According to police, the crash happened around 11:40 a.m. Watarai was on a moped heading west when he lost control and collided with a metal street light.

The crash shut down multiple lanes of the highway near the onramp to the H-1 Freeway. It’s unclear if alcohol, speed or drugs played a factor.

HPD said this was Oahu’s third traffic fatality of 2021, compared to zero this time last year.

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