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Officials identify man in fatal motorcycle crash in east Honolulu

Police shut down the highway to conduct the investigation Thursday afternoon.
Police shut down the highway to conduct the investigation Thursday afternoon.(HNN)
Published: Jun. 4, 2021 at 2:34 PM HST|Updated: Jun. 5, 2021 at 4:58 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Official identified a man who was killed in a fatal motorcycle crash on Kalanianaole Highway in east Oahu on Thursday afternoon.

The medical examiner identified the motorcyclist as Alex Wirkus of Kailua. Officials pronounced him dead at the scene.

The crash happened about 1:50 p.m., when the 35-year-old was riding a Suzuki motorcycle eastbound on Kalanianaole Highway near Portlock.

The motorcyclist struck a truck as it was making a turn and then was struck by a sedan.

The motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet and sustained injuries to his head and body. While police said speed appears to be a factor in the crash, it’s still unknown if alcohol or drugs were involved.

Authorities said it’s the 24th traffic fatality on Oahu so far this year, compared to 18 at the same time last year.

This story will be updated.

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