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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Motorcyclist killed in crash Saturday was Kapolei man

Advertiser Staff

The city Department of the Medical Examiner has identified Jonathan Pons, 23, of Kapolei, as the motorcyclist who died Saturday evening after colliding with a car on Hälawa Heights Road at the intersection of Iwaiwa Street.

Police said Pons apparently was speeding up Hälawa Heights Road when a white 1993 Toyota Camry station wagon tried to cross Iwaiwa Street from east to west and was broadsided just before 6:30 p.m. by the 2007 Honda motorcycle Pons was driving.

Police investigators said Pons swerved into the downhill or south-bound lane of Hälawa Heights Road in an apparent attempt to avoid the collision but hit the station wagon, which was being driven by a 16-year-old girl with a learner's permit, in the middle of the left side.

Pons was taken to The Queen's Medical Center and pronounced dead at 7:18 p.m.

Police said the girl's 36-year-old uncle from California was in the car, which made it legal for her to be behind the wheel.

Also in the car were four boys, one of them 13, one 12 and two of them 10 years old. The 13-year-old, who was riding in the left-rear passenger seat was taken to Queen's in critical condition and remained hospitalized there yesterday morning, police said.

Pons' death was the 53rd traffic fatality of 2009 on Oahu compared with 44 at the same time last year. He was the second motorcyclist killed in three days.