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Accident victim promoted safe riding - Hawaii News

There are 14 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Apr 29, 2009, titled Accident victim promoted safe riding - Hawaii News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Clayton Okuma usually rode alongside Eric Souza, his friend and father-in-law, who taught him to build and ride motorcycles and even started a motorcycle club for him.

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Since: Apr 08

Hauula, HI

#1 Apr 29, 2009
My heart-felt sympathy to the Souza Family and Friends with their loss of Eric Souza who seemed like one fine person. May you all find the strength to stay strong during this extremely emotional and difficult period, just as I'm confident Eric would have wished. May you all heal wholly in due time and become a closer family and grow stronger friendships. Aloha, o->
Aloha

Aiea, HI

#2 Apr 29, 2009
Sorry for your loss and my condolences to the family and friends of this man.
D Carter

Sacramento, CA

#3 Apr 29, 2009
No helmets!
Is anyone suprised?
nanakulimama

Honolulu, HI

#4 Apr 29, 2009
My heart goes out to the Souza family and the unnamed Japanese family. I'm sure it was not malicious on the driver's side. Unfortunately, he made a wrong decision that cost Mr Souza his life. Bad things happen to good people everyday. No answers will be given but place your saddened hearts into God's hands. It will take a while but one day you'll be able to speak of husband, dad, son, etc with a smile. Until then may our Good Lord offer you some kind of peace throughout your ordeal. Aloha pumehana.
Hellotiki

Ewa Beach, HI

#5 Apr 29, 2009
Promote Safe riding without a helmet? That was the original story. I hope I'm wrong about this.
JAFO

Honolulu, HI

#6 Apr 29, 2009
D Carter wrote:
No helmets!
Is anyone suprised?
This is Hawaii and government hasn't taken away all of freedoms, yet! Safety is a personal choice. I've been riding since the mid sixties and do wear a helmet. Bikers be aware of cagers, they for the most part have lesser road skills then you do. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Souza Ohana.
Edward

Honolulu, HI

#7 Apr 29, 2009
I am very sorry for Mr. Souza's family's loss. I don't know him but sounds like a great guy.
I try to ride safe everyday, obey speed and look out for other fellow motorcyclists, both when I'm on the bike or when driving in the car. Problems are 1. Other drivers on their cell phones stuck to their ear so they don't pay attention. 2. People cutting into my lane too early to overpass others. 3. Vehicles cutting into my safety cushion. and 4. Other vehicles just riding to close to my rear. I know these people have to see /hear me. I have a big bike. My pipes are not the loudest out there and yes they are not stock but they make a decent rumble. Yes there are motorcycle speed demons out there, But there are alot of law and safety abiding riders out there as well.
Lorraine

Kailua Kona, HI

#8 Apr 29, 2009
You can do everything right, but it's always the other person who does something wrong and maims or kills you. You can walk away from a car accident, but less so on a motorcycle. Your choice, brah.
Denise

AOL

#9 Apr 29, 2009
He promoted safe driving? Why were no Helmets used?
Choice

Pahoa, HI

#10 Apr 29, 2009
I used to ride alot and never got into an accident and no I didn't always wear a helmet. People need to realize that just because you are wearing a helmet doesn't mean that you're safe. It's not always going to save your life. Take a look at all those speeders that died. I'm pretty sure all of them had helmets..... It's not a seat belt. By the sound of this accident and looking at the damage, I don't think the helmet would have made too much difference.
My condolences to the Ohana. Never mind all these idiots showing no respect, talking about Helmets. They are the very ones who cut us off or ride our A$$ like we towing them.

Never ride faster than your guardian angel can fly.
kaigirl

Honolulu, HI

#11 Apr 29, 2009
My prayers to the family of both riders and their friends. I hope they don't allow the driver to fly back to japan without taking responsibility for what his actions caused. He did not use proper driving technique and Eric should not have died. So sad.
moko pickah

Los Angeles, CA

#12 Apr 29, 2009
Sorry to hear about the Souza's lost but why no helmet if he promoted safe driving??????????
i tell

Honolulu, HI

#13 Apr 29, 2009
when u ride, wear a helmet... you will not win in an accident with a car. You can be the safest, most responsible rider out there but you will lose to a car driver's error. And speeding increases your chance of dying. They were speeding, skid mark was over 200' long in a 35 mph zone?
daniel souza

Lihue, HI

#14 Jun 20, 2011
dad i miss you so much i wish you were still hear it seems like your still hear. i cant wait to see you again daddy. i dream of you every night. i miss you dad

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