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Hawaii:Moped ride from work to home ends in tragedy

Postby Micronaut » Fri Jul 28, 2006 3:39 pm

Moped ride from work to home ends in tragedy
http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/apps/ ... /1019/NEWS

By Robert Shikina
Advertiser Staff Writer

Dennis Askey

A day after Dennis Askey, 28, was killed in a moped accident, his brother closed up shop at Custom Glass Tinting for a day, and Askey's wife of one year talked of how he had purchased the moped less than six months earlier so she could have the car for her job as a real estate agent.

Askey, who lived in Honolulu the past four years, was on his way home from work at his brother's shop at 5:10 p.m. Monday when a black Chevy pickup truck heading 'ewa crossed the center line on Kapi'olani Boulevard and killed him, police said. He died shortly before 7 p.m. at The Queen's Medical Center, emergency medical officials said.

"It was a real tragedy," said Mark Askey, Dennis' older brother. "He was just going home from work yesterday, and now it's over with."

Police said this is the third fatal accident involving mopeds this year, compared with seven at the same time in 2005. Two of those who died this year were not using helmets. Askey was wearing a helmet, police said.

Askey and his wife, Rie, married a day after his brother's wedding in May 2005, so his parents visiting from the Mainland could see both ceremonies. The couple met at a dinner at Gyotaku restaurant, said Rie Askey. His brother had introduced them.

"We met, we fell in love, we married," Rie Askey said.

Rie Askey, 33, said they had moved into an apartment in Waikiki in June 2005 and bought a new car. As Dennis Askey continued to work with his brother, Rie obtained her real estate license in January.

Rie said her husband used the moped to travel the short distance between his Waikiki apartment and the Kaka'ako tint shop. He always wore his helmet, she said.

"He gave me the car, and he bought a moped instead," Rie Askey said. "Now I regret it. I was warning him, 'You're going to get hurt.' "

The Askey brothers grew up in San Antonio, Texas, Mark said, and Dennis followed him to Honolulu in 2002 to help work at his tint shop.

"Dennis was a great guy," Mark Askey said. "He came out here. He worked for my company. We were glass tinters. He was working for me for the last four of those years, day in and day out."

In addition to his wife and brother, Askey is survived by his parents.

Police are asking witnesses of the accident to call police officer Jason Hussey at 529-3144.
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re: Hawaii:Moped ride from work to home ends in tragedy

Postby Micronaut » Fri Jul 28, 2006 3:40 pm

Pickup truck hits moped, kills rider

Advertiser Staff
http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/apps/ ... /1029/NEWS

A 28-year-old Honolulu man died yesterday after his moped was struck by a pickup truck on Kapi'olani Boulevard.

The accident occurred shortly after 5:10 p.m. in the east-bound lanes of Kapi'olani near Kamake'e Street. The moped rider was taken to The Queen's Medical Center in critical condition. He died shortly before 7 p.m., said Bryan Cheplic, city Emergency Services spokesman.

Police said a 2006 black Chevy pickup truck was heading west on Kapi'olani when it swerved into oncoming traffic. The truck struck the moped, throwing the driver to the road, police said.

The 23-year-old driver of the truck was not injured, police said. Three passengers, ages 13, 17 and 24, also were not injured.

Police said speed may have been a factor in the crash and they have opened a negligent homicide investigation. The accident marked the 54th traffic fatality so far this year, compared with 50 at the same period last year.

Witnesses of yesterday's accident are asked to call officer Jason Hussey at 529-3499.
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