Motorcyclist hurt, highway blocked

WAILUA — A motorcyclist was seriously injured in a crash Thursday morning on Kuhio Highway fronting the Wailua Golf Course, and police are searching for the driver of a pickup truck involved in the accident.

Traffic was delayed in both directions for nearly five hours and backed up for miles before the highway was fully reopened around 12:45 p.m.

According to a preliminary investigation, a motorcyclist was traveling along the inner southbound lane about 8 a.m. during morning contraflow when he reportedly swerved into the outer lane in an attempt to pass a dark-colored pickup truck directly in front of him.

Witnesses told investigators the pickup truck also moved into the outer lane at that time, causing the motorcyclist to lose control and strike a guardrail along the southbound shoulder.

The motorcyclist, a 25-year-old Kapaa man, was transported to Wilcox Memorial Hospital with serious injuries. He has since been medevaced to Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu.

He was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

The driver of the dark-colored pickup truck involved in the crash did not stop at the scene and police are searching for the driver of that vehicle. Anyone with information on this incident is urged to call Officer Sarsona at 241-1616.

The crash resulted in severe traffic delays for morning commuters as police alternated one lane of traffic for roughly three hours. About 11:30 a.m., police opened a second lane to allow traffic to flow in both directions.

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