One bicyclist dies, another is critically injured in two Oahu accidents

By Paul Drewes - bio | email

WAHIAWA (KHNL) - A bicyclist is dead and another critically injured in two separate accidents that took place early Tuesday morning on Oahu.

While being in an accident is bad enough, the deadly crash might not have turned out that way, if the driver hadn't fled the scene.

Kamehameha Highway in front of the Dole Plantation in Wahiawa is where the deadly accident happened.

But unlike other fatal crash sites, the usual roadside memorial is missing for the dead 18 year old bicyclist.

It's also missing the driver who hit him.

"Apparently a vehicle ran off the road and struck him and fled the scene," said Lt. Darren Izumo, with the Honolulu Police Department.

Security guards for the Plantation, say there isn't much traffic overnight but there's also not much of a shoulder lane for bicyclists to ride on.

At the time of the accident, security guards heard a bang, but didn't see what happened. Although a red utility truck with a light on top was spotted driving away. As the victim lay alongside the road dying.

"A passerby in another vehicle noticed the victim on the side of the road and called 911, probably about 20 minutes later," said Izumo.

Honolulu police will now piece together the debris found at the scene to see if they can determine the make and model of the truck.

Police were also called to Fort Weaver road where another bicyclist was hit early in the morning.

Making bikers here even more nervous about riding around Ewa Beach.

"Its not really that safe over here, there are a lot of accidents. And people in Ewa Beach are always in a rush. So that's why I don't ride my bike anywhere," said Kamuela Kalilikane, an Ewa Beach resident.

"Its pretty hectic, a lot of construction, and people focusing on other things besides pedestrians. It can be nerve wracking to ride a bike out there," said Gabe Martin, an Ewa Beach resident.

That second victim was last listed in critical condition at the Queen's Medical Center.