Fatal crash closes H-1 westbound
Police shut down the west-bound H-1 freeway from Ainakoa Avenue to the Old Waialae Road onramp for several hours last night while they investigated a motorcycle crash that killed a man in his 30s.
The crash was one of two serious motorcycle accidents that occurred at about 7 p.m. last night.
In the other incident, a 25-year-old man was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition after a crash on the Pali Highway offramp.
Police said the victim from the Old Waialae Road crash did not appear to be wearing a helmet and suffered severe head injuries. He was taken to Queen's in extremely critical condition and was later pronounced dead at the hospital, ambulance personnel said.
As traffic investigators reconstructed the crash near Old Waialae Road, the man's motorcycle could be seen in the grass next to the onramp.
Police closed the H-1 freeway where it begins near Ainakoa Avenue and three freeway onramps at 5th,11th, and Waialae avenues as they investigated the incident.
Cars were diverted onto Waialae Avenue through Kaimuki and were allowed back on the freeway at the Old Waialae Road onramp.
Saturday night traffic was fairly light, but it backed up on Kalanianaole Highway and on some surface streets.
FL MORRIS / FMORRIS@STARBULLETIN.COM
A motorcyclist died last night after a wreck on H-1 below the Old Waialae Avenue overpass. The bike can be seen in the grass. A separate accident just off the Pali Highway left another man injured yesterday evening.