Motorcyclist, 21, dies following crash on H-1 Freeway near Waipahu
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 21-year-old male motorcyclist has died following a crash on the H-1 Freeway westbound near Waipahu on Wednesday night, Honolulu police said.
The crash happened around 7:30 p.m. by the Waipahu off-ramp.
Police said the motorcyclist was speeding and weaving through traffic.
According to HPD, when the motorcyclist attempted to exit the freeway at the Waipahu off-ramp he suddenly attempted to re-enter the freeway from the exit ramp lane.
Police said he hit a safety barrier during the maneuver. The motorcyclist was thrown from his bike onto the roadway and hit by an oncoming car.
He was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition and later succumbed to his injuries and died.
Authorities said the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet and speed remains a factor in the crash. It’s unknown if drugs or alcohol were contributing factors.
The passengers in the oncoming car were not injured, officials said.
This was the 41st traffic fatality on Oahu this year, as compared to 37 at the same time last year.
The Waipahu off-ramp was closed for several hours as police investigated the crash but it has since been reopened. The investigation remains ongoing.
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