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Motorcyclist killed, another injured in Kailua accident - Hawai...

There are 46 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Apr 27, 2009, titled Motorcyclist killed, another injured in Kailua accident - Hawai.... In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Police are investigating whether motorcyclists were speeding when they crashed into a van yesterday in Kailua.

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taxpayer

United States

#1 Apr 27, 2009
Helmets save lives. They also save the taxpayer money when brain injured riders can't pay medical bills or work.
Firefighter

Dallas, TX

#2 Apr 27, 2009
Tragic. Kailua Road has become a speedway in recent years, and this particular area is an immense hazard for tourists and residents alike. I don't know what the solution to the latest crash is, except to SLOW DOWN, and for cyclists to suck it up and wear helmets. I've scraped a few fallen bikers up off the road in my time, and seen all too closely what the damage is.

Since: Apr 08

Wailuku, HI

#3 Apr 27, 2009
My heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of the deceased motorcyclist, and sincere wishes for a speedy and full recovery for the other motorcyclist in critical condition at QMC.

May safety and protection always be continually on our minds as we take to the roads and highways, for all motorists every day in our lives!

“Live Love Laugh.. and Surf! :)”

Since: Aug 08

Kaimuki,Hilo,Ka'u, Kaupo

#4 Apr 27, 2009
That is sad. Where I live a young motorcyclist was speeding in a 35 mph zone while a car drove out of his subdivision hitting the motorcyclist. Law enforcement discovered that he was not wearing a helmet.

This is another tragedy. How sad and tragic.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his/her family.
heather

Burbank, IL

#5 Apr 27, 2009
sometimes these motorcyclist think that they own the
road and try to squeeze between vehicles..this is so common on Kapiolani Blvd in the early morning rush hour traffic..also these lolo bicycle riders who slip thru cars and go right thru the red light..sorry for the tragedy but they are sometimes the cause of all this
Heeia1

New Braunfels, TX

#6 Apr 27, 2009
In this case, the driver of the van made an illegal lane change to make the U turn. he should be held liable for this accident.
heather

Burbank, IL

#7 Apr 27, 2009
Heeia1 wrote:
In this case, the driver of the van made an illegal lane change to make the U turn. he should be held liable for this accident.
trust me he will be
Kits

Honolulu, HI

#10 Apr 27, 2009
heather wrote:
sometimes these motorcyclist think that they own the
road and try to squeeze between vehicles..this is so common on Kapiolani Blvd in the early morning rush hour traffic..also these lolo bicycle riders who slip thru cars and go right thru the red light..sorry for the tragedy but they are sometimes the cause of all this
"heather" you need to get your facts correct here. I recently moved here and the bikes you claim to see squeezing between vehicles in early morning traffic are "MOPEDS!" And it's lolo drivers who cause accidents....read the news article again with your glasses on.
Olivia

Kihei, HI

#11 Apr 27, 2009
Live by the Harley. Die by the Harley. I once saw a lame young guy with a cane on my last flight. He was wearing a shiny black Harley leather jacket. I quit riding after college. Got tired of the wind, cold, and rain. Good thing, too. Have been in 3 car accidents since. All caused by other people who were drunk or inattentive. Everybody gets into accidents. Choose your coffin.
Kai

Honolulu, HI

#12 Apr 27, 2009
It's called involuntary manslaughter. The van driver screwed up and killed someone - no different than a stranger acting irresponsibly and accidentally shooting/killing your Mom/Dad/Wife/Son/Daughter/etc. He should pay dearly for his mistake.

I don't know how many times, I have had to swerve or brake hard to avoid some blind idiot in a car.
There are plenty of drivers like him on the roads of Oahu who should have their license to drive permanently revoked.
Kai

Honolulu, HI

#13 Apr 27, 2009
taxpayer wrote:
Helmets save lives. They also save the taxpayer money when brain injured riders can't pay medical bills or work.
Driving safely, looking before you change lanes or turn, and not hitting motorcyclists who are driving legally will saves lives you dope. Should we blame the pedestrians that get hit while walking on the sidewalk as well?
Former rider

Keaau, HI

#14 Apr 27, 2009
My prayers to the family of motorcyclist.

It's pretty obvious that the driver is at fault. But the sad thing is that he is a Japanese Nationalist. Laws are different for them. The people who will have to pay is the rental car company.

Most accidents which involve a motorcycle and a car, are caused by the driver of the car. I've had alot of close calls and I always rode as safe as possible.
Shareholder

Kaneohe, HI

#15 Apr 27, 2009
The driver of the car messed up and did not see the motorcyclist when he turned into his lane. Its seems like we are losing one motorcyclist every week.

Our highways are too dangerous to be riding unprotected motorcycles.
obamaraama

Wahiawa, HI

#16 Apr 27, 2009
There is talk of banning assault weapons, should we also consider banning the car and motor cyles as well?

More people are killed by autos and motorcyclist. Helments would help. wouldn't it?
Kini

Honolulu, HI

#17 Apr 27, 2009
People drive too fast on Kailua Rd. There needs to be a light installed and better lighting. It's just to easy to speed down that stretch of roadway. My prayers to ALL involved. It doesn't matter whose fault...they ALL lost.
Mike

Honolulu, HI

#18 Apr 27, 2009
Yep, we're all still waiting for the gun grabbers to come out and call for a motorcycle ban. After all, let's be fair if you're going to use the same logic towards guns as motorcycles.

But, we won't see this happening. When it comes to cars and alcohol, people are smart enough to blame the driver. However, when it comes to guns, they always blame the tool, not the person. Many also consider motorcycles to be "cool" while guns are "scary" and "uncool."

We're all still waiting for supporters of the motorcycle ban...
obamaraama wrote:
There is talk of banning assault weapons, should we also consider banning the car and motor cyles as well?
More people are killed by autos and motorcyclist. Helments would help. wouldn't it?
whatever

Kihei, HI

#19 Apr 27, 2009
I have learned the following while living in Hawaii:

1)asian drivers do not yield when entering a freeway
2)asian drivers do not use turn signals
3)asian drivers do not look in any direction when turning into a lane or road
4)asian drivers think it is okay to pull in front of you if you are coming in their direction..regardless of your speed.

5)if you think I am being racist..I do not care because you know it is true. The same applies to local drivers
whatever

Kihei, HI

#20 Apr 27, 2009
Oh yeah..since he is japanese..he probably will not be held accountable..since he will probably go before a judge of japanese descent. I am certain the media / law enforcment will do everything they can to not find him liable..because we do not want to offend our japanese brethern. Besides, japanese never consider themselves to do any wrong.
Nalo dude

Honolulu, HI

#21 Apr 27, 2009
obamaraama wrote:
There is talk of banning assault weapons, should we also consider banning the car and motor cyles as well?
More people are killed by autos and motorcyclist. Helments would help. wouldn't it?
At 30mph, when a car cuts off a motorcycle head-on, a helmet may make a difference between life and death but the motorcyclist will probably be crippled for life. Helmets help but they do not stop idiot drivers from endangering others. Would requiring pedestrian helmets save lives in cross walks?
Nalo dude

Honolulu, HI

#22 Apr 27, 2009
Kini wrote:
People drive too fast on Kailua Rd. There needs to be a light installed and better lighting. It's just to easy to speed down that stretch of roadway. My prayers to ALL involved. It doesn't matter whose fault...they ALL lost.
Yes, it does matter whose at fault. One guy killed another. Whether its DWI or "driving while stupid," the result is the same. Get a clue.

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