Honolulu police have opened a negligent homicide investigation after a motorcyclist who was critically injured in a crash on the H-1 Freeway died in the hospital Friday morning.
At about 7:50 p.m. Thursday, two vehicles were traveling on the H-1 Freeway in the eastbound direction. One of the vehicles changed lanes and hit another vehicle. Both drivers were not injured and the vehicles stopped in the far left lane of the freeway near the Aiea Heights overpass.
The second crash happened minutes later when a group of motorcyclists, also traveling in the eastbound direction, crashed into one of the stopped vehicles, and a third motorcyclist was injured while trying to avoid the second crash.
One of the two motorcyclists who hit the vehicle – a 30-year-old man – was taken to the hospital in critical condition and later died. Police say he was not wearing a helmet.
The other two motorcyclists — a 29-year-old man and a 35-year-old man — were both wearing helmets. The 29-year-old was hospitalized in serious condition, and the 35-year-old was hospitalized in stable condition.
While it appears speed was a factor in the motorcycle crash, police do not believe alcohol was a contributing factor.
This is the 42nd traffic fatality of 2016 on Oahu, compared to 39 at this time last year.
If you witnessed this incident Thursday night, you’re asked to call police.