28-year-old man turns himself in following deadly moped crash in Kaaawa

The road was closed in both directions Sunday afternoon.
The road was closed in both directions Sunday afternoon.(Kalena Kaniho)
Published: May. 29, 2022 at 3:20 PM HST|Updated: May. 31, 2022 at 7:20 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 28-year-old man turned himself in on Monday in connection with a deadly moped crash in the Kaaawa area, Honolulu police said.

Police said the man was arrested on suspicion of a collision involving death or serious bodily injury.

At this point, it’s not clear how the suspect was involved in the crash. He has since been released pending further investigation.

A 19-year-old moped rider died in that crash on Kamehameha Highway on Sunday afternoon, police said.

Police said just before 2 p.m., the man driving the moped was heading south when he unexpectedly lost control and flipped over the handlebars.

Police said he landed in the northbound lane, directly into the path of an oncoming Kia being driven by a 61-year-old man. In that vehicle, there were two passengers, a 60-year-old woman and a 12-year-old.

The moped driver was hit and taken to a hospital with critical injuries. Officials say he died shortly after.

His identity hasn’t yet been obtained and officials don’t know if he was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Police say it doesn’t appear that speed, drugs or alcohol were factors.

This marked Oahu’s 21st traffic fatality of 2022. This time last year, there were 20. This investigation is ongoing.

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