Man dead after Wahiawa motorcycle crash

A man died after his motorcycle collided with a van in Wahiawa Sunday.

Authorities say the man, in his mid 20s, was an Air Force Staff Sergeant assigned to the 324th Intelligence Squadron at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

The accident happened at about 2:48 p.m. at a busy intersection,where it just happened that a group of friends and families was celebrating the grand opening of the Chuck James music studio at the intersection of Kamehameha Highway and California Avenue.

Jeffrey James said everyone was enjoying his father's new establishment when they saw the crash. "It was a just a big big boom, pow, we all looked," he said.

Police said the motorcyclist was traveling towards Honolulu when a van turned left in front of him onto California Avenue.

James said he rushed over with others from the party to see if they could help the injured motorcyclist.

"People were being very cautious, saying touch him, don't touch him, people with mixed emotions just you know 'what do we do?'," he explained. James says the rider was unconscious the whole time and looked to be in bad shape. "He was out, you could see his muscles and his bones we're kind of a little bit disjointed," he continued.

Investigators say the motorcyclist was in extremely critical condition and taken to Wahiawa General where he expired.

The intersection at California Avenue and Kamehameha Highway was closed in all directions. Vehicles were rerouted through detours, causing heavy traffic in Wahiawa for several hours.

The driver of the van was not injured in the crash.

Police say the victim, who was wearing a helmet, may have been speeding.

The victim's identity is being withheld until next of kin notifications are made.

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